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User feedback as a management tool in academic libraries: a review

Lynne Porat (University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel)

Performance Measurement and Metrics

ISSN: 1467-8047

Article publication date: 14 November 2016




The purpose of this paper is to provide a selective review of current research and practice on user feedback in academic libraries. By dividing user feedback studies into four categories: Library as Place, Navigation, Satisfaction, and User Experience, it aims to provide a framework for academic libraries embarking on a process of systematic user feedback.


By reviewing the literature on user feedback activities undertaken by several academic libraries, this paper offers insights into how users experience library services, collections, and space.


User feedback activities, particularly concerning noise and seating, are widespread in academic libraries.

Practical implications

The studies reviewed in this paper may be replicated by other libraries and used as a tool for managerial decision making.


The review is valuable for its analysis of the recent contributions to user feedback practice, as well as its description of the different methodologies employed and changes implemented.



Porat, L. (2016), "User feedback as a management tool in academic libraries: a review", Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 214-223.



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