Value of Library and Information Services
Request for Proposals
Request for Proposals on "The Value of Using Library and Information Services: Return on Investment in Health/Hospital Libraries"
Since the early 1990's, health care institutions have faced economic problems resulting in downsizing or outsourcing of services. Many hospital libraries have been closed and others have been merged with other hospital or academic libraries to cut costs in hospitals and health care institutions. Additionally the advances in information via the Internet and WWW have changed the way libraries provide services, but, we believe, have not eliminated the need for services provided by libraries and professional librarians or health information professionals. The objectives of the proposed research project is to address the following questions:
1. What is the value of using library and information services to the hospital/health care institution?
2. What kinds of information does management recognize as valid measures of the contributions which librarians through the provision of services make to the bottom line (i.e., cost-based accounting, return on investment)?
The primary target audience for the project is upper management in hospitals/medical centers; the secondary targets are practitioners in health sciences librarianship.
A project report covering the following activities:
The project report will be written in a narrative form, with necessary graphics, that will make it accessible to a broad audience of upper management and information professionals. The document must be written in clear, easy to understand language, free of technical and research jargon. Receipt in electronic form is required.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
All applications must be submitted in the following order:
1. Cover sheet
2. Abstract of research project (one page maximum).
3. The proposal narrative
MLA reserves the right to withdraw this RFP at any time, for any reason.
MLA reserves the right to revise any section of the RFP, should it become necessary.
MLA reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal, or any portion of the proposal for any reason.
Any information presented by MLA either in this RFP or subsequent verbal or written communications shall be considered confidential and for express use only in connection with proposal preparation.
All data collected and resulting publications are the exclusive property of the Medical Library Association. The research team will be appropriately credited on any resulting publications.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2007 June 06