Public Library Plans for the Book Collection

  • ID: 3422502
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 101 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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Survey Participants Expect that their Spending on Children’s ebooks Will Rise 19.7% in 2016
The study presents data from 62 randomly chosen public libraries in the United States about their plans for their book collections, focusing primarily on print but also including detailed information about eBook collections plans.

The study helps its readers to answer questions such as: how much do libraries plan to spend on print books in the near future? What about children’s books? How much do they plan to spend on eBooks? What are the rates of growth expected to be in print book and eBook spending? In what areas do public librarians expect to increase their print and or digital collections? In what areas do they expect digital to replace print?

What percentage of print titles are culled each year and what happens to these books? How do key stakeholders such as local schools that rely on public libraries and Friends of the Library organizations view the print vs. digital choice on book purchasing for public libraries? What are they urging libraries to do – buy more print or more digital? What are library patrons telling their libraries about their preferences?

Just a few of the 100-page report’s many findings are that:

- Survey participants expect that their spending on children’s eBooks will rise 19.7% in 2016.
- The median percentage of the print book collection culled each year by survey participants was 8%.
- 33.87% of libraries sampled said that culling print books had freed up space for other purposes in their libraries
- 31.25% libraries sampled serving an area population of over 19,000 had surveyed their patrons about their preferences for print or eBooks.

Data in the report is broken out by various criteria such as size of library service area and print book budget, among other variables. The report also presents commentary by many librarians in open ended questions, as well as a summary of main findings by our analysts.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE

PARTICIPANTS LIST

Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS

Characteristics of the Sample

ALTERNATIVES TO PRINT

Substituting eBooks for Print Books

EBook Spending in 2014

EBook Spending in 2015

EBook Spending in 2016

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Print Children’s Books Spending in 2014

Print Children’s Books Spending in 2015

Print Children’s Books Spending in 2016

Children’s eBook Spending in 2014

Children’s eBook Spending in 2015

Children’s eBook Spending in 2016

PREDICTIVE MODELS FOR PRINT BOOK USE

Factors in Print Book Culling Decisions

COLLECTION VOLUME

Print Book Collection 2014

Print Book Collection 2015

Print Book Collection 2016

Areas of Print Collection Elimination

Changes in Print Collection over the Past Five Years

Changes in Print Collection over the Next Five Years

PRINT BOOK CULLING STRATEGY

Percentage Culled in Past Year

Changes in Acquisition and Culling Strategy

Future Changes in Print Book Acquisition and Culling

SPACE ISSUES

Increasing Space for Other Uses

Changes in Space over the Past 5 Years

OPINION OF LIBRARY PATRONS ON PRINT VS. DIGITAL

Survey of Print vs. Digital Preferences

Friends of the Library Opinions on Spending on Print vs. Digital Books

Local School District Preferences

CULLED MATERIALS HANDLING

Use of Offsite Storage

Changes in Offsite Storage Space Use and Cost

Data Use and Print Material Culling Decision Making

Giving Away Culled Books

Restoring Access to Culled Print Materials

SUPPORT FOR PRINT OR DIGITAL

Library Users who Prefer Print

Print Collection Culling Organization and Decision Making

Mistakes in Print Book Collection Development

Advice

How comfortable would you say your library is with the substitution of eBooks for print books? When does the acquisition of an eBook title lead you to eliminate or reduce your holdings of the print version of the same title? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

List of Tables
Table 1 How much did your library spend on eBooks in each of the following years?

Table 1.1.1 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.1.2 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 1.1.3 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 1.1.4 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 1.2.1 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.2.2 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 1.2.3 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 1.2.4 How much did your library spend on eBooks in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 1.3.1 How much will your library spend on eBooks in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.3.2 How much will your library spend on eBooks in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 1.3.3 How much will your library spend on eBooks in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 1.3.4 How much will your library spend on eBooks in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 2 What was your library's spending on print children's books in each of the following years?

Table 2.1.1 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 2.1.2 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 2.1.3 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 2.1.4 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 2.2.1 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 2.2.2 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 2.2.3 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 2.2.4 What was your library's spending on print children's books in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 2.3.1 What will be your library's spending on print children's books in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 2.3.2 What will be your library's spending on print children's books in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 2.3.3 What will be your library's spending on print children's books in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 2.3.4 What will be your library's spending on print children's books in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 3 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in each of the following years:

Table 3.1.1 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 3.1.2 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 3.1.3 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 3.1.4 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 3.2.1 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 3.2.2 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 3.2.3 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 3.2.4 What was your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 3.3.1 What will be your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 3.3.2 What will be your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 3.3.3 What will be your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 3.3.4 What will be your library's spending on eBooks intended primarily for children in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

What factors does the library take into account when it makes print book culling decisions? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 4 What is the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection for each of the following years:

Table 4.1.1 What was the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2014?

Table 4.1.2 What was the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2014? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 4.1.3 What was the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2014? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 4.1.4 What was the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2014? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 4.2.1 What is the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2015?

Table 4.2.2 What is the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2015? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 4.2.3 What is the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2015? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 4.2.4 What is the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection 2015? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 4.3.1 What will be the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection2016 (anticipated)?

Table 4.3.2 What will be the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection2016 (anticipated)? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 4.3.3 What will be the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection2016 (anticipated)? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 4.3.4 What will be the total number of volumes in your library's print book collection2016 (anticipated)? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

In which areas has the library been most aggressive in eliminating print titles and why in these areas? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

What has happened to your library's print book collection over the past five years? Is it larger than it was five years ago, in what areas has it grown? If it is smaller, in what areas has it diminished? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

In your view what will happen to your library's print book collection over the next five years? Will it become larger or smaller? If so, what areas will be most affected and why? Will spending remain the same? Increase or decrease? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 5.1 Approximately what percentage of your print book collection did you cull in the past year?

Table 5.2 Approximately what percentage of your print book collection did you cull in the past year? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 5.3 Approximately what percentage of your print book collection did you cull in the past year? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 5.4 Approximately what percentage of your print book collection did you cull in the past year? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

If the library has changed its book acquisitions and/or book collection culling strategy over the past five years, or expects to change it soon, please describe these changes. Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

In what areas do you believe that the library will be most aggressive in culling print books in the future? In what areas or subjects do you believe that the library is likely to increase spending on print books? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 6.1 If the library has reduced the size of its book collection in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes?

Table 6.2 If the library has reduced the size of its book collection in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 6.3 If the library has reduced the size of its book collection in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 6.4 If the library has reduced the size of its book collection in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

If space has been freed-up over the past five years how much space and how is this space now being deployed? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 7.1 Has the library surveyed its patrons on their preferences for print vs. digital resources as a prelude to decision making on reducing the size of book collections?

Table 7.2 Has the library surveyed its patrons on their preferences for print vs. digital resources as a prelude to decision making on reducing the size of book collections? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 7.3 Has the library surveyed its patrons on their preferences for print vs. digital resources as a prelude to decision making on reducing the size of book collections? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 7.4 Has the library surveyed its patrons on their preferences for print vs. digital resources as a prelude to decision making on reducing the size of book collections? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 8.1 Which phrase would you say best describes your Friends of the Library organization about using library resources for increasing spending on print books or eBooks

Table 8.2 Which phrase would you say best describes your Friends of the Library organization about using library resources for increasing spending on print books or eBooks Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 8.3 Which phrase would you say best describes your Friends of the Library organization about using library resources for increasing spending on print books or eBooks Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 8.4 Which phrase would you say best describes your Friends of the Library organization about using library resources for increasing spending on print books or eBooks Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 9.1 In your view local school districts in the library's service area tend to want the library to:

Table 9.2 In your view local school districts in the library's service area tend to want the library to: Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 9.3 In your view local school districts in the library's service area tend to want the library to: Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 9.4 In your view local school districts in the library's service area tend to want the library to: Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Table 10.1 Does the library use offsite storage for books, journals and other printed materials?

Table 10.2 Does the library use offsite storage for books, journals and other printed materials? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 10.3 Does the library use offsite storage for books, journals and other printed materials? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 10.4 Does the library use offsite storage for books, journals and other printed materials? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Has the amount of space used for offsite storage increased or decreased in recent years and if so by how much? Also what has been the trend in storage costs? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

What kinds of data does your library use in making print materials culling decisions and how does each data set contribute to your decision making? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 11.1 Approximately what percentage of your culled book collection is given away to schools, libraries, charitable agencies or other venues?

Table 11.2 Approximately what percentage of your culled book collection is given away to schools, libraries, charitable agencies or other venues? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Table 11.3 Approximately what percentage of your culled book collection is given away to schools, libraries, charitable agencies or other venues? Broken out by Size of full time equivalent library staff

Table 11.4 Approximately what percentage of your culled book collection is given away to schools, libraries, charitable agencies or other venues? Broken out by Spending on print books ($)

Mention some incidents, if any, in which the library was forced to back track and restore access to print copies of materials that had been culled in printed form. Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

Are particular types of library users more likely to prefer print and lobby the library for more spending on print books? If so who? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

How is print collection culling at your library organized? Which librarians are involved in the decision-making? Who makes the final decisions in particular areas? Who reviews decisions? Who overturns decisions? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

What is the greatest mistake that the library has made in its print book collection development decision making in recent years? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

What advice do you have for your peers on planning for the future in public library book purchasing? Broken out by Population of Library Service Area

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