Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection

  • ID: 3440222
  • Report
  • Region: North America
  • 101 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The Cumulative 2-Year Drop in Spending on Print Resources from 2014-2016 by Law Firms in the Sample is Expected to be 22.6%
The 100+ page study presents highly detailed data from a survey of 66 North American law libraries, including 24 law school libraries, 19 courthouse of other government law libraries, 3 private company law libraries and 20 law firm libraries.

The report helps its readers to answer questions such as: how much are law libraries currently spending and plan to spend on print forms of books, treatises, digests, loose-leaf services, directories, legal encyclopedias, journals, newspapers, magazines and more. What guides print culling philosophies? What mistakes have librarians made in their print purchasing or print reduction programs? What is the role of surveying library patrons about their print vs. online preferences? Are some areas resistant to print culling? Which ones? What has been the impact of interlibrary loan and other forms of print materials sharing on print spending and title maintenance?

The study looks at both primary and secondary legal materials as well as non-legal subject materials.

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

- The cumulative 2-year drop in spending on print resources from 2014-2016 by the law firms in the sample is expected to be 22.6%.

- For small law firm libraries the number of subscriptions to print journals went from 66.67 to 51.67 and then to an anticipated 45 over the three year period, a cumulative 2-year drop of 32%.

- Primary works accounted for a mean of 35.53% of spending on print legal materials with a median of 30% and a range of 5% to 90%. For law school libraries, print primary materials accounted for 54% of the total print materials budget, a much higher percentage than for law firm libraries 28%, or government law libraries, 32.86%.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Characteristics of the Sample

Use of Interlibrary Loan

Comfort Level with eBooks

Trends in Spending on Print, 2014, 2015, 2016

Areas Subject to Most Aggressive Elimination of Print Titles

Change in Size of the Print Collection over the Past Five Years

The Future of Print Collection over the Next Five years

Percentage of Print Book Titles Culled Each Year

Changes in Book Culling Philosophy

Use of Space Liberated by Reductions in Print Spending

Trends in the Number of Journal Subscriptions in Print Maintained

The Future of Print Journal Subscriptions

Trends in the use of Print Forms of Legal Encyclopedias

Percentage of Libraries that Survey their Patrons about Preferences for Print Vs. Digital Resources

Maintenance of Print Forms When Digital Forms are Available in the Library

Policies when Libraries have Both Print and Digital Forms in the Library

Division of Print Materials Budget among Primary and Secondary Legal Information and Non-Legal Information

Spending on Print Forms of Legal Directories

Future Plans for Print Directories

Spending on Print Subscriptions to Newspapers and Magazines

Spending on Print Versions of Books that are not about Legal Subjects

Impact of Ebooks

Has the Library Ever Been Forced to Re-Purchase Culled Print Materials?

Areas Most Resistant to the Culling or Print Sources

Decisions-Making About Print Culling

ALTERNATIVES TO PRINT

What role has your inter-library loan capabilities and relations with consortia and other partners played in your print materials culling practices? Does the library maintain particularly vigorous print materials sharing arrangements with any other institutions?

How comfortable would you say your library patrons are with the substitution of eBooks forms of treatises for print treatises? When does the acquisition of an eBook title lead you to eliminate or reduce your holdings of the print version of the same title?

PRINT COLLECTION VOLUME

Table 1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in each of the following years:

Table 1.1.1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.1.2 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2014? Broken out by Type of law library (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.1.3 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2014? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.2.1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.2.2 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2015? Broken out by Type of law library (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.2.3 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2015? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.3.1 What will be the library's total spending on print materials in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 1.3.2 What will be the library's total spending on print materials in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 1.3.3 What will be the library's total spending on print materials in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

In which areas has the library been most aggressive in eliminating print titles and why in these areas?

What has happened to your library's print materials 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?

In your view what will happen to your library's print materials 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?

PRINT BOOK CULLING STRATEGY

Table 2.1 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year?

Table 2.2 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year? Broken out by Type of law library

Table 2.3 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

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.

SPACE ISSUES

Table 3.1 If the library has reduced the size of its print collections in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes?

Table 3.2 If the library has reduced the size of its print collections in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes? Broken out by Type of law library

Table 3.3 If the library has reduced the size of its print collections in recent years, has this led to an increase in space that the library can use for other purposes? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

PRINT JOURNALS

Table 4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in each of the following years (include journals available in both print and online formats)

Table 4.1.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 4.1.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 4.1.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 4.2.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 4.2.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 4.2.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 4.3.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 4.3.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 4.3.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

What is the future of print journal subscriptions at your library in the near future?

LEGAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Table 5 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in each of the following years? Note that the question is about volumes and not subscriptions.

Table 5.1.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 5.1.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 5.1.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 5.2.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 5.2.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 5.2.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 5.3.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 5.3.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 5.3.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

LOOSE-LEAF SERVICES

Table 6 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in each of the following years?

Table 6.1.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 6.1.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 6.1.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 6.2.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 6.2.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 6.2.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats has the library maintained in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 6.3.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 6.3.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 6.3.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services in print formats will the library maintain in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

OPINIONS AND ACTIONS OF LIBRARY PATRONS

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 Type of law library

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 full time equivalent librarians

Table 8.1 Has your library measured use of print versions and digital versions when it maintains access to both forms of a particular resource?

Table 8.2 Has your library measured use of print versions and digital versions when it maintains access to both forms of a particular resource? Broken out by Type of law library

Table 8.3 Has your library measured use of print versions and digital versions when it maintains access to both forms of a particular resource? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

If you have studied the use of print and digital forms of the same legal resource, what have you learned and how have your studies informed your collection decision making?

Primary vs. Secondary Materials

Table 9 How is the library's print materials budget approximately divided between primary (cases, laws, regulations, statutes), secondary (journals, treatises, books, reference worksheet), and on-legal materials? The answers should add up to 100%.

Table 9.1.1 Primary Works

Table 9.1.2 Primary Works Broken out by Type of law library

Table 9.1.3 Primary Works Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 9.2.1 Secondary Works

Table 9.2.2 Secondary Works Broken out by Type of law library

Table 9.2.3 Secondary Works Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Non-Legal Subject Materials

Table 9.3.1 non-Legal Subjects

Table 9.3.2 non-Legal Subjects Broken out by Type of law library

Table 9.3.3 non-Legal Subjects Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

What kind of print presence do you maintain in primary legal materials and why does your library maintain this presence and what is its future?

For non-legal materials such as newspapers, magazines, newsletters, technical studies and reports and other works that might provide valuable background and context for lawyers but are not specifically legal materials, what is the library's print presence in these areas and how will it develop in the near future?

DIRECTORIES

Table 10 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in the following years?

Table 10.1.1 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 10.1.2 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 10.1.3 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 10.2.1 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 10.2.2 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 10.2.3 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 10.3.1 How much will the library spend on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 10.3.2 How much will the library spend on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 10.3.3 How much will the library spend on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

What are the library's future plans for its print directory subscriptions?

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

Table 11 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in each of the following years?

Table 11.1.1 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2014? (All figures in $ US)

Table 11.1.2 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 11.1.3 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2014? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 11.2.1 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2015? (All figures in $ US)

Table 11.2.2 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 11.2.3 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2015? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

Table 11.3.1 How much will the library spend on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US)

Table 11.3.2 How much will the library spend on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by Type of law library

Table 11.3.3 How much will the library spend on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016 (anticipated)? (All figures in $ US) Broken out by full time equivalent librarians

What has been and what will be the library's strategy in terms of allocating its spending between print and digital resources for newspapers and magazines that are not specifically about legal subjects but provide valuable context?

BOOKS

Table 12.1 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials? (All figures in $ US)

Table 12.2 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by Type of law library (All figures in $ US)

Table 12.3 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by full time equivalent librarians (All figures in $ US)

What has been the general trend in the purchase of books that are not legal materials, specifically has their purchase been impacted by eBooks? Has the library shifted from print books to eBook and if so to what extent and through what venues?

Culling the Print Collection

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.

Are particular disciplines or legal subjects in your view particularly resistant to the culling of, or reduced purchasing of print materials? If so which ones?

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?

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