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The Survey of Academic Libraries, 2014-15 Edition

  • ID: 2889256
  • Report
  • July 2014
  • 229 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The Survey of Academic Libraries, 2014-15 Edition looks closely at key benchmarks for academic libraries in areas such as spending for books and e-books, deployment and pay rates for student workers, use of tablet computers, cloud computing and other new technologies, database licensing practices, and much more. The study includes detailed data on overall budgets, capital budgets, salaries and materials spending, and much more of interest to academic librarians and their suppliers. Data in this 200+ page report is broken out by size and type of library for easy benchmarking.

The study looks at trends in staffing, salaries, budgets, materials purchasing, technology use and more in academic libraries. Just a few of the report's many finding are that:

- 37.5 percent of all libraries in the sample report that spending on video resources such as films, DVDs, film downloads via the web, and other video-streaming technologies has declined over the past two years.

- A third of all survey participants have purchased iPads or other such devices in order for their patrons to read e-books. This practice is most common among the four-year BA- or MA-granting colleges, as half of them made such purchases, compared to just 27.27 percent of community colleges and 28.57 percent of PhD-granting colleges and research universities in the sample

- Student workers in the library earned a mean of $8.71/hour. These students work a mean of 11.25 total hours per week in the library. The range is from 5 to 20 hours. The community colleges in the sample have the least number of student workers, their students put in the most hours, a mean of 14.28 hours per work

- For nearly half (45.83 percent) of all survey participants, the library's capital budget has declined over the past two years. 37.5 percent of participants report that it has remained the same.

- The author asked the sample how they will fare vs other units of their college in terms of allocation of funding for new positions and other labor resources. 50 percent of libraries sampled expect to “keep pace with other college departments,” while 11 libraries (45.83 percent) expect to “do worse than other departments.”
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE
SURVEY PARTICIPANTS
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SAMPLE
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Chapter 1 – Staff
Chapter 2 – Student Workers
Chapter 3 – Changes in the Deployment of Labor
Chapter 4 – Materials & A/V Spending
Chapter 5 – Grants
Chapter 6 – Capital Spending
Chapter 7 – Technology Education Center
Chapter 8 – Books
Chapter 9 – Journals
Chapter 10 – Special Collections
Chapter 11 – Spending Trends
Chapter 12 – Computing Devices and Library Information Technology
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- Angelina College
- Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
- Coastal Carolina University
- Eckerd College
- Emporia State University
- Florida Keys Community College
- Gogebic Community College
- Gulf Coast State College
- Institute Superior de Agronomia-Universidade de Lisboa
- Jackson State Community College
- Johnson County Community College
- Lawrence Technological University
- Limestone College
- London Metropolitan University
- Mercer County Community College
- Mott Community College
- Muscatine Community College
- Pfeiffer University
- Quinnipiac University
- South Arkansas Community College
- South Dakota State University
- Southern Polytechnic State University
- University of Chichester
- University of Tsukuba
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