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Survey of Academic Library Leadership, Print Book Collection Plans & Practices

  • ID: 4760918
  • Report
  • April 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 57 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The 57-page study presents data from a survey of 96 North American academic library directors, deans and university librarians about their current practices and plans for the print book collection.  The study looks at the relative intentions to build the print book vs. the eBook collection, pinpointing the types of college and individuals most likely to build up one or the other, both or neither.  Also, the report gives detailed data on the percentage of purchases sourced from Amazon, YBP, and Coutts. 

The study also presents detailed data on the percentage of overall sales accounted by discretionary books sales, and the percentage accounted for by standing orders.  In an open ended question, survey participants discuss how they expect their print book purchasing policies to change over the next few years. In addition, the report relates mean, median, minimum and maximum levels of spending for the institutions sampled, with data for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

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

  • 23.96% of all respondents had shifted much of their book budget to eBooks and expected that trend to continue.  Institutions based in the US West were the most likely to continue this shift.
  • Across the entire sample, mean spending on print books in 2017-18 was $140,298.91, with a median of $25,000, a minimum of $0, and a maximum of $4,700,000.
  • Private colleges were significantly more likely than public institutions to source their print books from Amazon.

Data in the report, including spending data, is broken out by many variables, including college type, enrollment and level of tuition, among other variables.  Data is also broken out by some personal characteristic of the survey respondents, such as work title and age.  The majority of survey respondents were library directors, and the remained, largely deans or university librarians.

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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST   

  • Characteristics of the Sample

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library?   
Most likely to continue shifting funds to eBooks   
Most likely to have finished shifting to eBooks   
Most likely to increase both print and eBook budgets   
Most likely to be disillusioned with eBooks   
How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in the following single academic years?   
2017-18   
2018-19   
2019-20 (planned)   
Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection?   
Most likely to plan reductions in print book spending   
Most likely to increase spending on print books   
In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage?   
In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?   
About what percentage of your print total book spending goes through each of these suppliers:   
YBP   
Amazon   
Coutts/Ebsco   
How will your print book acquisition practices likely change over the next few years?   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library?   
Table 1.2 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by work title   
Table 1.3 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by age range   
Table 1.4 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.5 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 1.6 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 1.7 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 1.8 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards the future of print and eBooks in your library? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 2 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in the following single academic years?   
Table 2.1.1 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18?   
Table 2.1.2 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by work title   
Table 2.1.3 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by age range   
Table 2.1.4 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.1.5 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 2.1.6 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.1.7 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 2.1.8 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2017-18? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 2.2.1 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19?   
Table 2.2.2 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by work title   
Table 2.2.3 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by age range   
Table 2.2.4 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.2.5 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 2.2.6 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.2.7 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 2.2.8 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2018-19? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 2.3.1 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)?   
Table 2.3.2 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by work title   
Table 2.3.3 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by age range   
Table 2.3.4 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.3.5 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 2.3.6 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 2.3.7 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 2.3.8 How much did the library spend (in US$) on print books in 2019-20 (plans)? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 3.1 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection   
Table 3.2 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by work title   
Table 3.3 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by age range   
Table 3.4 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.5 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 3.6 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by enrollment   
Table 3.7 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 3.8 Which view best describes your attitude towards the library’s print book collection Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 4.1 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage?   
Table 4.2 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by work title   
Table 4.3 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by age range   
Table 4.4 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.5 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 4.6 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 4.7 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 4.8 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's spending on print book standing orders has changed (grown or diminished) by approximately what percentage? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 5.1 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?   
Table 5.2 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?   
Table 5.3 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage? Broken out by age range   
Table 5.4 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?  Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.5 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?  Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 5.6 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?  Broken out by enrollment   
Table 5.7 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?  Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 5.8 In the aggregate, over the past three years your library's discretionary spending (not connected to standing order) on print book orders has changed (grown or diminished) by what percentage?  Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 6 About what percentage of your print total book spending goes through each of these suppliers:   
Table 6.1.1 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP?   
Table 6.1.2 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by work title   
Table 6.1.3 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by age range   
Table 6.1.4 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.1.5 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 6.1.6 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.1.7 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 6.1.8 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through YBP? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 6.2.1 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon?   
Table 6.2.2 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by work title   
Table 6.2.3 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by age range   
Table 6.2.4 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.2.5 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 6.2.6 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.2.7 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 6.2.8 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Amazon? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
Table 6.3.1 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts?   
Table 6.3.2 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by work title   
Table 6.3.3 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by age range   
Table 6.3.4 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.3.5 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college   
Table 6.3.6 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by enrollment   
Table 6.3.7 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by tuition,$   
Table 6.3.8 What percentage of your print total book spending goes through Coutts? Broken out by the geographic location of the college   
How will your print book acquisition practices likely change over the next few years? Broken out by type or Carnegie class of college

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