May 27, 2022

New From ALCTS: “FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey Report Released, Focus on Trends in Digitization

The report linked to below was released yesterday by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association.

From a Summary Posted on ALCTS News:

Eighty-seven institutions responded to the FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey, facilitating the report that analyzes preservation activities for fiscal year 2014 (as defined by the respondent’s institution). The survey and report evaluated trends in:

  • conservation,
  • collection assessment and digitization/exhibit prep,
  • general preservation activities,
  • reformatting/digitization, and
  • digital preservation activities.

This year’s focus was trends in digitization, particularly in the area of audiovisual materials reformatting and preservation.

The FY2014 Survey data set is available for download, and—new this year—the total library expenditure (TLE) scaled data for 2012-2014 is available. This data is helpful for tracking trends over time while accounting for the varying respondent pool.


Preservation Statistics Survey coordinators and report authors are Annie Peterson, Preservation Librarian at Tulane University; Holly Robertson, Preservation Consultant in Washington, D.C.; Nick Szydlowski, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Boston College Law Library.

Read the Complete ALCTS News Announcement

Direct to Full Text: The FY2014 Preservation Statistics Report (27 pages; PDF)

Downloadable Data

Download the full FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx) and the Total Library Expenditure (TLE) scaled data for 2012-2014 (.xlsx), helpful for tracking trends over time, while accounting for the varying respondent pool.  See “Using the Survey Data to Track Long-Term Trends” in the FY2014 Report for additional explanation of how TLE is used in our analysis.

Download the FY2014 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2014 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.

Direct to ALCTS Preservation Statistics Web Page and Links to FY 2013 and FY 2012 Report

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