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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Library Expansion, Renovation or Construction

  • ID: 4852787
  • Report
  • November 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 61 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This 61-page report presents data and commentary from 100 academic library directors and deans about their library’s recent experience and plans for library expansion, renovation or new construction.  The report helps its readers to answer questions such as: how much control to librarians have over the library’s capital budget and future renovation/construction plans?  Does the library have a planning commission?  How much have libraries been spending on capital projects?  What have been the most successful renovation or expansion projects?  What have been the least successful?  What is on the wish list for the near future and what is actually planned or approved?  What have been recent trends in the budget for renovation or expansion of the library?

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

  • A plurality of 42% said that their library did not have a capital budget.
  • Research universities reported extreme cramping and a strong need for new space despite the freeing up of space in recent years by the contraction of print collections.
  • 21% of librarians sampled felt that they were not listened to “nearly enough” by college administration in establishing priorities for library capital spending.
  • Far fewer private than public college librarians felt that the library capital budget had increased in recent years.
  • Data in the report is broken out by size and type of institution, by tuition level, for public and private institutions and by other useful variables.
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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST    

  • Characteristics of the Sample    

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS    

  • Age of the Main Library Building    
  • Mean Number of Library Buildings Per College    
  • View of the Adequacy of the Library Capital Budget    
  • The Library Buildings Most Pressing Renovation Need    
  • Most Successful New Addition or Renovation Project    
  • The Library’s Level of Influence Over Library Capital Projects    
  • Changes in the Library Capital Budget Over the Past Three Years    
  • A Library Renovation Project that in Retrospect One Might Have Altered or Cancelled Outright    
  • Planned Spending on New Library Construction    
  • Libraries that Have Planning Commissions and Planning Commissions with a Budget    

List of Tables

Table 1.1 When was your library's main library building constructed?    
Table 1.2 When was your library's main library building constructed? Broken out by age range    
Table 1.3 When was your library's main library building constructed? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 1.4 When was your library's main library building constructed? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 1.5 When was your library's main library building constructed? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.6 When was your library's main library building constructed? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.1 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations?    
Table 2.2 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by age range    
Table 2.3 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 2.4 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 2.5 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.6 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.7 How many independent buildings comprise your academic library or library complex for the entire college or university in all locations? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    
Table 3.1 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years?    
Table 3.2 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by age range    
Table 3.3 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 3.4 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 3.5 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.6 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.7 How would you characterize your library's capital budget for the next two years? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    
What is your library's most pressing renovation or expansion need? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Describe your library' most successful new addition or renovation project and how did it benefit your higher ed community? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 4.1 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities?    
Table 4.2 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by age range    
Table 4.3 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 4.4 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 4.5 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.6 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.7 How would you describe the influence of the library in determining its own capital spending priorities? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    
Table 5.1 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years?    
Table 5.2 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by age range    
Table 5.3 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 5.4 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 5.5 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.6 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.7 To the best of your knowledge the library's share of the college/university overall capital budget has tended to increase, decrease or remain about the same over the past three years? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    
If there is one library construction or renovation project that you could-in retrospect-cancel or alter-- which one and what would you have done differently? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 6.1 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities?    
Table 6.2 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by Age Range    
Table 6.3 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 6.4 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 6.5 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by Enrollment    
Table 6.6 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by Tuition, $    
Table 6.7 Over the next two years, how much will your library-and your parent institution-spend (in US $) on new library construction or significant renovation or expansion that can be considered more than routine maintenance of existing facilities? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    
Table 7.1 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget?    
Table 7.2 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by age range    
Table 7.3 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by for public and private institutions    
Table 7.4 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution    
Table 7.5 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.6 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.7 If the library has some form of planning commission or department, does it have a formal budget? Broken out by when was your library’s main library building constructed?    

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