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Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2020 Edition

  • ID: 4833309
  • Report
  • 82 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This study, the third in a series, presents data from 47 law firm, university, government, courthouse, private company and other law libraries about their plans for their print materials collection.  The sample includes 17 law firm, 5 universities, 10 government and 8 courthouses, among other libraries. The study presents highly detailed data about their spending on and plans for primary legal materials, secondary legal materials, books, directories, newspapers and magazines, and other print materials.

The report presents data on recent, current and expected rates of change in spending on print and on the library’s overall philosophy on the maintenance of print collections.  In addition to 60 detailed tables of data on law library current and expected spending on various forms of print resources, the study presents open-ended answers to questions about library purchasing plans.

Data in the report is broken out by size and type of library, and by the personal age of the survey taker. In addition, data is broken out separately for US and Canadian law libraries.

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

  • The government law libraries in the sample spent a mean of $774,000 on print materials in the past year.
  • Canadian law libraries in the sample culled a mean of 6.38% of the book collections in the past year.
  • Large law libraries with 5 or more librarians reduced the number of print subscriptions to law journals that they maintain by nearly 19% in 2019.
  • Small and medium-sized law firm libraries expect to increase their spending significantly on print editions of newspapers and magazines in 2020.
  • Primary legal works accounted for a mean of 34.21% of the print materials budget for the organizations sampled.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST    
Characteristics of the Sample    

3 SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDING    

List of Tables

Table 1 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in each of the following years:    
Table 1.1.1 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2018?    
Table 1.1.2 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 1.1.3 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 1.1.4 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 1.1.5 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 1.2.1 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2019 (full-year estimate)?    
Table 1.2.2 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2019 (full-year estimate)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 1.2.3 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2019 (full-year estimate)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 1.2.4 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2019 (full-year estimate)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 1.2.5 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2019 (full-year estimate)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 1.3.1 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 1.3.2 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 1.3.3 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 1.3.4 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 1.3.5 What has been the library's total spending (in US, $) on print materials in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
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 law library country of the main location    
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 the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 2.5 Approximately what percentage of titles in your print book collection do you cull each year? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats have the library maintained 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 has the library maintained in 2018?    
Table 3.1.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 3.1.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 3.1.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 3.1.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 3.2.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019?    
Table 3.2.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 3.2.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 3.2.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by a number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 3.2.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 3.3.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 3.3.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 3.3.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 3.3.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 3.3.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats have the library maintained 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 has the library maintained in 2018?    
Table 4.1.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 4.1.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 4.1.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 4.1.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 4.2.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019?    
Table 4.2.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 4.2.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 4.2.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 4.2.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 4.3.1 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 4.3.2 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 4.3.3 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 4.3.4 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 4.3.5 How many subscriptions to legal journals in print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
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 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 2018?    
Table 5.1.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 5.1.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 5.1.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 5.1.5 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 5.2.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2019?    
Table 5.2.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 5.2.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 5.2.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by a number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 5.2.5 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format has the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 5.3.1 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 5.3.2 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 5.3.3 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 5.3.4 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 5.3.5 How many volumes of legal encyclopedias in print format will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 6 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in each of the following years?    
Table 6.1.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2018?    
Table 6.1.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 6.1.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 6.1.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 6.1.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 6.2.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2019?    
Table 6.2.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 6.2.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 6.2.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 6.2.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 6.3.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 6.3.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 6.3.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 6.3.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 6.3.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 7 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in each of the following years?    
Table 7.1.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2018?    
Table 7.1.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 7.1.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 7.1.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 7.1.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 7.2.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2019?    
Table 7.2.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 7.2.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 7.2.4 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 7.2.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats have the library maintained in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 7.3.1 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 7.3.2 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 7.3.3 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (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 will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 7.3.5 How many subscriptions to loose-leaf services that do not include print formats will the library maintain in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
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 non-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 legal materials?    
Table 8.1.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary legal materials? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 8.1.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary legal materials? 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 legal materials? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 8.1.5 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by primary legal materials? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 8.2.1 How is the library's print materials budget approximately divided between secondary works?    
Table 8.2.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary legal materials?Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 8.2.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary legal materials? 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 legal materials? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 8.2.5 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by secondary legal materials? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 8.3.1 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal materials?    
Table 8.3.2 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal materials? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 8.3.3 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal materials? 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 materials? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 8.3.5 What percentage of the library’s print materials budget is accounted for by non-legal materials? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Broken out by type of law library    
Table 9 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in the following years?    
Table 9.1.1 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018?    
Table 9.1.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 9.1.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 9.1.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 9.1.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 9.2.1 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2019?    
Table 9.2.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 9.2.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 9.2.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2019? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 9.2.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 9.3.1 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 9.3.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 9.3.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 9.3.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 9.3.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print forms of legal and other directories in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
What are the library's future plans for its print directory subscriptions? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 10 How much has the library spent (in US, $) 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 (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018?    
Table 10.1.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 10.1.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 10.1.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 10.1.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2018? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 10.2.1 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2019?    
Table 10.2.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2019? Broken out by law library country of the main location    
Table 10.2.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2019? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 10.2.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2019? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 10.2.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2019? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 10.3.1 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2020  (anticipated)?    
Table 10.3.2 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2020  (anticipated)? Broken out by law library country of main location    
Table 10.3.3 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2020  (anticipated)? Broken out by type of law library    
Table 10.3.4 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2020  (anticipated)? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 10.3.5 How much has the library spent (in US, $) on print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines that are not research or professional journals in 2020  (anticipated)? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
Table 11.1 In the past year, how much has the library spent (in US, $) on print versions of books that are not legal materials?    
Table 11.2 In the past year, how much has the library spent (in US, $) on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by law library country of main location    
Table 11.3 In the past year, how much has the library spent (in US, $) 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 (in US, $) on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 11.5 In the past year, how much has the library spent (in US, $) on print versions of books that are not legal materials? Broken out by personal age of the survey taker    
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 law library country of the main location    
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 the number of full-time equivalent librarians employed    
Table 12.5 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 personal age of the survey taker

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