September 27, 2021

ACRL's 2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Published, A Few Highlights Now Available Online

The 2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics report is now available. It’s a three volume set ($550) BUT a few statistics are included in the publication announcement. The data comes from 1,100 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

The 2010 data show that the median unit cost of monographs (per volume) increased slightly over 2009 for all types of academic libraries (11.1 percent for associate degree-granting institutions, 2.2 percent for baccalaureate institutions, 3.4 percent for comprehensive institutions and 6.2 percent for doctoral/research institutions), while salary and wages expenditures as a percentage of total library expenditures remained unchanged for baccalaureate and comprehensive institutions, slightly decreased for doctoral institutions and increased almost 3 percent for associate degree-granting institutions. Salaries and wages constituted 76.4 percent of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 58.98 percent for baccalaureate, 58.08 percent for comprehensive schools and 45.61 percent for doctoral/research institutions.

Serial expenditures as a percentage of total library materials expenditures increased for all schools except doctoral degree-granting institutions. Serial expenditures constituted 57.98 percent of total library materials expenditures for baccalaureate institutions; 65 percent for comprehensive institutions; 73.09 percent for doctoral/research institutions and 32.77 percent for associate degree-granting institutions. The percentage of student assistant staff as a percentage of total staff increased over 2009, ranging from a low of 20 increase at associate degree-granting institutions to a high of 32.14 percent at baccalaureate institutions.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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