Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment.
Bibliometrics is an important current objective methodology in Library and information sciences
for studying work completed by researchers. Understanding the impact of textbooks, reserved
readings, and other published materials on the dissertations of graduate students can be of
significant value for evaluating the curricular design of a program. Our study used the standard
library information services processes to explore and describe the patterns of resource use by
recent doctoral graduates to support recommendations for the University’s collections
management related to the program. Our descriptive statistics describe interesting patterns of
use in dissertations and published student papers.