Quality Audits as a Tool for Quality Improvement in Selected European Higher Education Libraries

Núria Balagué, Petra Düren, Arja Juntunen, Jarmo Saarti

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    © 2014 Elsevier Inc.. From the beginning of the 1990s, different types of quality management and evaluation systems have become integrated into higher education institutes throughout Europe due to the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This has meant that the university libraries have had to learn how to evaluate their services and improve their quality. Quality audits are one tool that can be used in quality management approaches to assess how well an organization is being managed. This paper describes and benchmarks the use of external and internal auditing in three European academic libraries, i.e. the Medical Library of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Library (Spain) and the University of Eastern Finland Library (Finland). The results reveal the best practices of auditing in these institutions; and recommendations are provided for the further development of library auditing and ways to improve co-operation between libraries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)529-533
    JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


    • Academic libraries
    • Europe
    • Evaluation
    • Quality audit
    • Quality management


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