From audit-phobia to shared governance philosophies

librarians meet auditors at the European University Institute

  • Carlotta Alpigiano 1European University Institute, Library
  • Georgios Baltos European University Institute, Internal Audit Office


Libraries are rightfully recognised as the heart of academic institutions. However, they are not standalone, but interconnected with all other players within the same organisational universe: academia, administration, stakeholders, internal and external competitors and co-operators. Internal auditors‟ role is to promote quality standards along with a “continuous improvement” culture that includes efficiency, accountability and performance excellence at institutional level. Librarians have a long tradition of performance indicators‟ collection and evaluation. The crossroad where librarians and auditors meet each other is represented by an integrated methodology which links objectives, risks, performances and controls, harmonising them within the institutional context. The case of such a collaboration at European University Institute (EUI) is a noteworthy example.

How to Cite
ALPIGIANO, Carlotta; BALTOS, Georgios. From audit-phobia to shared governance philosophies. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 189-201, feb. 2019. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 may 2022.