37.5% of U.S. and Canadian Law Libraries Decreased their Budgets in 2013 (Report Highlights)
The report presents data from 60 law libraries from the United States and Canada including law firm libraries, university law libraries, courthouse libraries, private company libraries and others, with data presented separately for each library type. The data is also broken out by library and parent institution size. The law firms in the sample employed a mean of 188 lawyers. A list of survey participants is available on our website.
Highlights From the Report
- For 37.5% of survey participants, the overall library budget decreased in 2013.
- The courthouse libraries in the sample had the largest budget decreases, a mean of 7.25%.
- Libraries in the sample spent a mean of $320,931 on online databases in 2013; spending is expected to increase slightly in 2014 to $330,688, or by about 3.3%.
- The materials/content budget is nearly evenly split between print resources and electronic resources; the former accounted for a mean of 50.52% of the budget, the latter 49.48%.
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.