This is a great post Lawrie. I think your analysis is really interesting, but I wonder whether the ‘user’ themselves has to be in this too? Is the Venn diagram slightly misrepresenting the relationship V&R would have to the other factors? I could see the V&R model more as an ‘overlay’ or framework that would include a third category which would be the user themselves. So maybe the three circles (user, resource, organisational context) would be within the broader V&R ‘framework’ and therefore enable an understanding of the relationships between the three circles, without determining those relationships.
I think this is a really useful approach – and clearly demonstrates the potential for V&R to have an impact on institutional concerns and resources.