[Web4lib] Results from The Survey of Academic Libraries,2008-09
tennantr at oclc.org
Mon Jun 16 12:47:40 EDT 2008
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On 6/16/08 6/16/08 8:12 AM, "Bill Drew" <dreww at tc3.edu> wrote:
> Can this company be banned from this list? This is at least the tenth
> time today I have seen this advertising.
>>>> <primarydat at aol.com> 6/16/2008 10:51:54 AM >>>
> Primary Research Group has published The Survey of Academic Libraries
> 2008-09 Edition, ISBN #1-57440-102-5. The Survey of Academic Libraries,
> 2008-09 Edition is based on data from 75 college libraries in the
> United States and Canada. Data is broken out by size and type of
> college, as well as for public and private institutions, to allow for
> easier benchmarking. The report's more than 300 tables of data
> findings about trends in staffing and salaries, budgets, grants and
> endowments, special collections, content and materials spending, use of
> e-books and online services, capital budgets library building
> renovation and facilities management, information literacy, and many
> other issues of interest to academic librarians.
> Some of the report's findings are:
> Only 7.35% of the libraries in the sample had special endowments to
> support library electronic resources.
> The libraries in the sample spent a mean of $31,689 over the past three
> years to re-equip, upgrade or develop new library instructional
> centers; one library spent $500,000 and median spending was zero.
> For the libraries in the sample the mean rate of growth in content
> spending in nominal terms was only 1.75% from the 2006-07 to 2007-08
> academic year. Spending actually declined for the public colleges in
> the sample and grew only at about the rate of inflation for the private
> colleges. The expected rate of increase in spending for the 2008-09
> academic year is only 1.66%. Private colleges in the sample had a mean
> expected increase of 3.1%, slightly less than the expected rate of
> inflation, while the public colleges essentially foresaw an increase of
> less than 1/10th of 1 percent, a decline in real terms of about 3.5%.
> The libraries in the sample spent a mean of $456,238 for content
> accessed online in the 2008-09 academic year; the major research
> universities in the sample averaged more than $3.4 million in such
> expenditures. Spending per student for online information for colleges
> with fewer than 1,100 students FTE was $190.15 per student, while for
> colleges with more than 4,401 FTE per student spending averaged $115.04
> for online information. Generally, students at the larger colleges
> enjoy access to a greater range of databases at much lower cost.
> Dramatically high spending by a handful of libraries on e-books tended
> to drastically skew the e-book spending norms. Median spending on
> e-books was only $5,000, meaning that half of all libraries in the
> sample spent more than this and half spent less than this amount.
> However, mean spending was $200,401, higher than the total for
> traditional book spending.
> Only 8.77% of the libraries in the sample maintain a digital repository
> for research papers published by faculty. Private colleges were much
> more likely than public ones to maintain a repository. Surprisingly,
> none of the research libraries in the sample maintained a repository.
> Only 38.24% of the libraries in the sample offer a non-credit
> information literacy course to library patrons. Research universities
> were the most likely to offer such a class, a somewhat bizarre fact,
> given that their students are probably the least likely to need such a
> class. Only 13.24% of the libraries offered a one- or two-credit
> information literacy class; community colleges and research
> universities were the most likely to offer such a class and public
> colleges were more likely than private colleges to offer one. The
> smallest and largest colleges in the sample were much more likely than
> others to offer a one- or two-credit information literacy class.
> The Survey of Academic Libraries, 2008-09 Edition is available directly
> from Primary Research Group or from major book distributors such as
> Midwest Library Services, Baker & Taylor, Blackwell and others. For a
> full table of contents and further information view our website at
> James Moses
> Primary Research Group, Inc.
> Tel. 212-736-2316
> Fax 212-412-9097
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