Selected Highlights From New Survey of Medical and Other Scientific Libraries
From the Primary Research Group:
This 200-page report examines the spending, staffing, and collection habits of over 40 medical and scientific libraries from all over the world, representing both the public and private sectors in higher education, government, non-profit organizations, and more.
Just a few of the many findings from this report are:
- 43.48 percent of participants say that salaries and benefits for libraries employed at their respective institutions have “more or less declined in real terms” over the past year
- Medical and Biology libraries have the smallest budgets, with a mean of $596,000 that falls well below the overall sample mean of roughly $2 million
- The libraries in the sample spent a mean of $82,671 on traditional print books in 2011-12
- Just 15.56 percent of the libraries in the sample have purchased e-book readers, iPads, or other sorts of devices
- Exactly half of the libraries surveyed have a digital repository to which their institution’s scholars and authors are encouraged to submit their works
- Libraries in developed countries outside the United States dedicated the highest proportion of their spending to electronic access only journals, a mean of $501,034
- 87.5 percent of those libraries with 20 or more FTE staff members plan to increase spending on tablet computers and e-book readers
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.