Measuring Up: Assessing Accuracy of Reported Use and Impact of Digital Repositories

Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Category: Research
Award Amount: $500,000
Duration: December 2014 - December 2018

Contact:Kenning Arlitsch
Dean of the Library
(406) 994-6978;

Montana State University and its partners, OCLC Research, the Association of Research Libraries, and the University of New Mexico, will address issues related to assessment of digital collections and institutional repositories by improving the accuracy and privacy of web analytics reporting on digital library use. The project team will examine the difficulties that libraries face in producing accurate reports of the use of their digital repositories through web analytics software and recommend best practices that help improve accuracy and consistency of these reports while also protecting user privacy. This work will provide the necessary frameworks, data models, and best practices librarians and archivists need to establish baselines, measure progress, and make informed policy decisions. Additional recommendations will include an assessment framework so that libraries may begin to measure the impact of open access institutional repositories to evaluate digital library performance and enable impact studies on author citation rates and university rankings.

Please view the full grant narrative [PDF] for additional information about Measuring Up.

Tribal College Librarians Institute

Grant Program: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program
Category: Continuing Education
Amount: $358,576
Duration: April 2014 - July 2018

Contact: Mary Anne Hansen
Research Commons Librarian
(406) 994-3162;

Montana State University will use its grant to support the Tribal College Librarians Institute, an annual weeklong professional development program for tribal college librarians and archivists. Because of their geographic isolation and relatively low budgets, tribal college librarians often cannot meet regularly with their peers or attend professional conferences.Attendance and participation in TCLI helps fill this void for approximately sixty librarians each year. Since 1991, TCLI has provided continuing education programming across all areas of librarianship that is tailored to the unique needs of tribal college librarians, helping them to develop the information and digital literacy of their communities, as well as other critical skills their users will need to be successful in the 21st century.