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From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, members of the Content Reuse Working Group of the Digital Library Federation (DLF)’s Assessment Interest Group (AIG) conducted the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects project. The project conducted a formal needs assessment of the Digital Library community to determine desired functionality for a future reuse assessment toolkit.


The project was sponsored by an Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership/National Forum grant (LG-73-17-0002-17) award.


The project team is now happy to release Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse: A White Paper From the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects project. This white paper (a) provides a broad overview of the Measuring Reuse project, including background information on the AIG, (b) outlines the methods used by the project team, (c) summarizes results, and (d) discusses potential next steps.


Interested in learning more about the project? In the coming months, members of the project team will be reporting out on the results of this project at conferences such as the DLF Forum, the Library Assessment Conference, and the Grey Literature 20 Conference. An article summarizing the first part of the project titled “Barriers and Solutions to Assessing Digital Library Reuse: Preliminary Findings” is being published open access in Performance Measurement and Metrics. You may also contact any project team member to learn more about the background, results, and next steps for the project.


The project team would like to thank IMLS, the Digital Library Federation, and our home institutions for their generous support of our project.


The Measuring Reuse Project Team


Elizabeth Joan Kelly (Loyola University, New Orleans)

Ayla Stein Kenfield (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Genya O’Gara (Virtual Library of Virginia)

Caroline Muglia (University of Southern California)

Santi Thompson (University of Houston)

Liz Woolcott (Utah State University)



Santi Thompson, Head of Digital Research Services
University Libraries
University of Houston
A Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university
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