May 18, 2022

Selected Findings: The Survey of Library Database Licensing Practices, 2012 Ed. From Primary Research

From the Primary Research Group Web Site:

This 116-page report studies the database licensing practices of 60 academic, public, corporate, and law libraries from across the globe, representing more than a dozen countries and regions including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and continental Europe, as well as a handful of participants from developing countries.

From a News Release Posted on Medlib-L:

Data in the report is broken out for US, developing country, and Non-US developed country participants, as well as by type of library and library size, among other variables.

Some the report’s many findings are that:

+ Libraries in the sample spend a mean of $70,030 per year on electronic licenses for e-books

+ eBook spending by the libraries in the sample has increased by an aggregate 60% over the past two years.

+ 44.64% of libraries in the sample expect to cut 25% or more of their current contracts for directories in the next two years.

+ 7.02% of survey participants say that the ability to access databases through smartphones and other handheld devices is essential for their library and 33.33% categorize it as important.

+ 48.28% of survey participants in college libraries and 45.45% of those in public libraries would like blogs indexed in the databases they now use.

+ Libraries in the sample participated in a mean of 3 consortia from which they licensed at least one database and consortia accounted for 44.56% of the database licenses for the libraries in the sample.

+ For libraries in the sample, electronic content on business and finance has increased in price by a mean of 6.91% in the last year.

+ Survey participants estimate that a mean of 22.53% of their database vendors sometimes deliver problematic invoices which library personnel are compelled to check carefully.

+ About 47% of survey participants report a modest increase in database usage at their library in the past year, much of this accounted for by libraries in the United States, 53.13% of which increased used modestly and 15.63% of which increased use substantially.

See Also: Seven Page Excerpt from the Report (PDF)

See Also: Table of Contents and Ordering Info

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