Size of an Off-the-Shelf Content Library: Reading In Between the Lines

Size of an Off-the-Shelf Content Library: Reading In Between the Lines

Have you ever sat through a presentation for corporate training content where they talk about their library of off-the-shelf content? If so, how long did it take before the presenter gave you a statistic about how large that library was?

My guess: Not very long at all. It’s become a staple in the industry. I’ll even admit that there are some content providers boasting pretty impressive numbers:

Our own sales team, too, often talks about the size of our off-the-shelf library—because, frankly, size does matter when it comes to a content library...but it is not the only thing that matters.

In fact, the more I stare at these huge numbers, the more I have to wonder:

A Deeper Dive Into Content Library Size

These sorts of questions prompted us here at HSI to do our own investigation into the size of off-the-shelf content libraries, and why so many in the industry focus on size as a major selling point. The result was our white paper, “How Many eLearning Courses Do You Really Need?” which you can download for free.

In that white paper, we wanted to go beyond the question of “How large should an eLearning library be?” and instead ask the more important underlying question:

Do larger content libraries really lead to better training outcomes?

What we found is that access to content matters more than the overall size of a library by itself.

In the paper, we also discuss:

I fully believe that, after reading the white paper, you’ll never look at one of those “size of our library” stats the same way again. More importantly, you’ll have a better feel for what you should be looking for when buying an eLearning library.

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