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Libraries for Users by Leticia Barrionuevo, Luisa Alvite

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Academic library services: quality and leadership

Universities in a globalised setting

Even though there is no agreement on the elements that comprise excellence in higher education, in the past decade we have witnessed a veritable explosion in university rankings. We can cite, for example, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)1 published by the Center for World-Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This system emphasises publications, citations and academic prizes, especially in science and technology. The QS World University Rankings2 relies heavily on academic peer review (which accounts for 40 per cent). The SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR)3 is built with data from Elsevier ...

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