January 27, 2021

Highlights: ARL Publishes Academic Law Library and Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011

The following statistics are found in the just released 2010–2011 editions of ARL Academic Law Library Statistics and Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics.

Academic Law Library Statistics

ARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

In 2010–2011, the reporting law libraries held a median of 370,485 volumes, spent a total of $216,677,517, and employed 1,987 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at approximately 46% for each of the two categories. Respondents reported spending a total of $25,469,277 for electronic materials, or a median of almost 28% of their total materials budgets; this includes a total of $22,185,942 for electronic serials.

Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics

ARL has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 63 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

In 2010–2011, the reporting health sciences libraries held a median of 217,811 volumes, spent a total of $240,675,218, and employed 1,977 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at approximately 52% and 38% respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $101,124,356 for electronic materials, or a median of almost 89% of their total materials budgets; this includes a total of $97,504,002 for electronic serials.

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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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