Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2018 Edition

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  • 84 pages
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The study presents data from 34 North American law libraries, detailing their plans for their print materials acquisitions.  The study gives comprehensive data on spending on print versions of books, journals, directories, loose-leaf services, newspapers and magazines and other products in print formats, with data from 2016, 2017 and estimated for 2018.  The study also presents the opinions of survey participants about their plans for print over the next few years.  The study discusses book culling practices, use of inter-library loan and consortia, and the substitution of digital for print formats.

Just a few of this 84-page report’s many findings are that:

  • For smaller law firm libraries in the sample the change in overall mean print spending from 2016 to 2018 was a cumulative drop of $25,249 or 12%.   This was a lower decrease than for many other types of law library in the sample.
  • Primary legal works accounted for a mean of 25.78% of the sampled libraries print materials budget with a median of 30% and a range of 0 to 70%.
  • Non-law firm corporate and government libraries cull an annual mean of 7.29% of their book collections.
  • Most of the print subscription volume was in larger law libraries with more than 3 full time equivalent librarians, though it should be noted that many of these were not university law libraries.
  • Data in the report is broken out for US and Canadian libraries, and by library size and type, i.e., university law library, courthouse law library, other government/corporate law library, and for two categories of law firm library, those serving fewer than and more than 150 lawyers.
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  • Alberta Law Libraries
  • Buchalter
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  • Gardiner Roberts LLP
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  • Parsons Behle & Latimer
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Role of Inter-Library Loan & Consortia in Shift to Digital Resources   
Trends in Overall Spending on Print Materials, 2016 to 2018   
Plans for the Print Collection Over the Next Five Years   
Percentage of Book Titles Culled Each Year   
Trends in the Number of Journal Titles in Print Formats Maintained by the Library, 2016-2018   
What is the Future of Print Journal Subscriptions?   
Number of Volumes of Legal Encyclopedias Maintained in Print Formats in 2016 to 2018?   
Number of Subscriptions to Loose-Leaf Services in Print Formats Maintained in 2016 to 2018   
Use of eLoose-Leaf Services   
Future of Print Loose-Leaf Services   
Division of the Print Collection Among Primary and Secondary Legal Materials and Non-Legal Materials   
Library Use of Print Forms of Directories from 2016 to 2018   
Law Library Spending on Print Books   
Replacement of Print Books with eBooks   
Library’s Greatest Mistakes in Recent Years in Print Materials Collection Decision-Making   
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? Broken out by type of law library   

List of Tables

Table 1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in each of the following years: 2016, 2017, 2018?  (in $US)   
Table 1.1.1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2016?   
Table 1.1.2 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2016? Broken out by country   
Table 1.1.3 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2016? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 1.1.4 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2016? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 1.2.1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2017? ($ US)   
Table 1.2.2 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2017? Broken out by country   
Table 1.2.3 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2017? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 1.2.4 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2017? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 1.3.1 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2018 (anticipated)?  ($ US)   
Table 1.3.2 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by country   
Table 1.3.3 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 1.3.4 What has been the library's total spending on print materials in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
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? Broken out by type of law library   
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 country   
Table 2.3 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year? Broken out by type of law library     
Table 2.4 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in each of the following years? (include journals available in both print and online formats)   
Table 3.1.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 3.1.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016  (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 3.1.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 3.1.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 3.2.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 3.2.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 3.2.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 3.2.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 3.3.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 3.3.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 3.3.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 3.3.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in each of the following years NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)   
Table 4.1.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 4.1.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 4.1.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 4.1.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2016 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 4.2.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 4.2.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 4.2.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 4.2.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2017 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 4.3.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)?   
Table 4.3.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by country   
Table 4.3.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 4.3.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (NOT including those to which the library maintains a subscription that include journals available in both print and online formats)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
What is the future of print journal subscriptions at your library in the near future? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 5 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format did the library maintain 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 did the library maintain in 2016?   
Table 5.1.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2016?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.1.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2016?  Broken out by type of law library   
Table 5.1.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2016?  Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 5.2.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2017?   
Table 5.2.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2017?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.2.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2017?  Broken out by type of law library   
Table 5.2.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2017?  Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 5.3.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 5.3.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.3.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?  Broken out by type of law library   
Table 5.3.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopaedias in print format did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?  Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
What are your plans over the next few years for print encyclopedias? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 6 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in each of the following years?   
Table 6.1.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2016?   
Table 6.1.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by country   
Table 6.1.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 6.1.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 6.2.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2017?   
Table 6.2.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by country   
Table 6.2.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 6.2.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 6.3.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 6.3.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by country   
Table 6.3.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 6.3.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 7 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in each of the following years?   
Table 7.1.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2016?   
Table 7.1.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by country   
Table 7.1.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 7.1.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2016? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 7.2.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2017?   
Table 7.2.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by country   
Table 7.2.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 7.2.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2017? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 7.3.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 7.3.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by country   
Table 7.3.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 7.3.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats did the library maintain in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
What is the future of print versions of print loose-leaf services at your library? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 8 How is the library's print materials budget approximately divided between primary (cases, laws, regulations, statutes), secondary (journals, treatises, books, reference works, etc), and on-legal materials? The answers should add up to 100%.   
Table 8.1.1 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary works?   
Table 8.1.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary works? Broken out by country   
Table 8.1.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary works? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 8.1.4 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary works? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 8.2.1 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary works?   
Table 8.2.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary works? Broken out by country   
Table 8.2.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary works? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 8.2.4 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary works? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 8.3.1 How is the library's print materials budget approximately divided into non-Legal Subjects?   
Table 8.3.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal subjects? Broken out by country   
Table 8.3.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal subjects? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 8.3.4 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal subjects? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
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? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 9 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in the following years?   
Table 9.1.1 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016?   
Table 9.1.2 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016? Broken out by country   
Table 9.1.3 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 9.1.4 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2016? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 9.2.1 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2017?   
Table 9.2.2 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2017? Broken out by country   
Table 9.2.3 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2017? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 9.2.4 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2017? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 9.3.1 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 9.3.2 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by country   
Table 9.3.3 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 9.3.4 How much has the library spent on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
What are the library's plans for its print directory subscriptions? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 10 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 10.1.1 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016?   
Table 10.1.2 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016? Broken out by country   
Table 10.1.3 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 10.1.4 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2016? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 10.2.1 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2017?   
Table 10.2.2 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2017? Broken out by country   
Table 10.2.3 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2017? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 10.2.4 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2017? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 10.3.1 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 10.3.2 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by country   
Table 10.3.3 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 10.3.4 How much has the library spent on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 11.1 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials?   
Table 11.2 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by country   
Table 11.3 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   
Table 11.4 In the past year, how much has the library spent on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
Table 12.1 What percentage of the print book purchases that the library currently makes do you feel will be replaced with purchases of eBooks over the next year?   
Table 12.2 What percentage of the print book purchases that the library currently makes do you feel will be replaced with purchases of eBooks over the next year? Broken out by country   
Table 12.3 What percentage of the print book purchases that the library currently makes do you feel will be replaced with purchases of eBooks over the next year? Broken out by type of law library   
Table 12.4 What percentage of the print book purchases that the library currently makes do you feel will be replaced with purchases of eBooks over the next year? Broken out by number of full time equivalent librarians employed   
What is the greatest mistake that the library has made in its print materials collection development decision making in recent years? Broken out by type of law library

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