Transparent universities with transparent libraries Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2016

start page

  • 105

end page

  • 128


  • 70


  • 30

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0187-358X


  • This paper proposes transparency indicators for university libraries, while identifying areas of information relevant to the diverse public stakeholders, in view of good practices identified in libraries and other organizations in this field. In order to determine the degree of transparency of these libraries belonging to the Madrocio consortium of Madrid, the existence of these indicators in their respective websites is assessed. A comparison of the degree of transparency of selected libraries to that of their respective universities reveals that some libraries could implement significant improvements, chiefly in the areas of visibility and currency of the information they offer, while also incorporating relevant contents for their diverse interest groups.


  • transparency; accountability; spanish university libraries; indicators; madrono consortium