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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Licensing Electronic Database Content

  • ID: 4920444
  • Report
  • January 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 49 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This study – based on data and commentary from 80 academic library deans and directors -- helps its readers to answer questions such as: what database subscriptions are academic libraries thinking of adding? Dropping?  What have been trends over the past few years in spending on database content subscriptions and what is the outlook for the near future? How satisfied are librarians with the tools they have to assess the level of use and patron satisfaction with the library’s database subscriptions.  How extensively are libraries using free trials for potential new subscriptions?  Has the role of consortia in database licensing by libraries been increasing, declining or remaining at about the same level? How have libraries altered their database offerings over the past three years and what are their plans for the future?

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

  • Mean spending on electronic content database subscriptions by the libraries on the sample in 2020 is expected to increase by 2.2% in nominal terms (roughly flat in real terms) from spending in 2019.
  • Across the entire sample, 52.50% of respondents reported being either satisfied or very satisfied with the quality and comprehensiveness of database patron use and assessment data available to them.
  • For institutions with fewer than 1,300 enrolled students, the lowest quartile in the sample, consortia negotiated contracts accounted for two thirds of all of their database contracts.

Data and commentary from 80 academic libraries used the 53-page 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  

  • How much did/ will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in each of the following years?    
  • 2018    
  • 2019    
  • 2020 (anticipated)    
  • How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions?    
  • How many databases did your library free-trial in the past year? And, of these, how many did you subsequently subscribe to?    
  • How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year?    
  • How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year?    
  • What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements for each of the following years?    
  • 2018    
  • 2019    
  • 2020 (anticipated)    
  • Which database subscriptions are you thinking of dropping over the next two years and why?    
  • Which database subscriptions are you thinking of adding over the next two years and why?   
  • Over the past three years how has your library altered its mix of database offerings or its means of acquiring or managing your database offerings?    

List of Tables
Table 1 How much did/ will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in each of the following years?    
Table 1.1.1 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018?    
Table 1.1.2 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by age range    
Table 1.1.3 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 1.1.4 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 1.1.5 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.1.6 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.1.7 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2018? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 1.2.1 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019?    
Table 1.2.2 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by age range    
Table 1.2.3 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 1.2.4 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 1.2.5 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.2.6 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.2.7 How much did the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2019? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 1.3.1 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)?    
Table 1.3.2 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by age range    
Table 1.3.3 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 1.3.4 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 1.3.5 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.3.6 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.3.7 How much will the library spend (in US $) for databases that provide information for library patrons and staff in 2020 (anticipated)? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 2.1 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions?    
Table 2.2 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by age range    
Table 2.3 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 2.4 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 2.5 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.6 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.7 How satisfied are you overall with the quality and comprehensiveness of the data that the library has on the frequency of use and other measures of value of the library's database subscriptions? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 3 How many databases did your library free-trial in the past year? And, of these, how many did you subsequently subscribe to?    
Table 3.1.1 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year?    
Table 3.1.2 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by age range    
Table 3.1.3 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 3.1.4 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 3.1.5 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.1.6 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.1.7 How many total free-trial databases did your library use in the past year? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 3.2.1 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year?    
Table 3.2.2 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by age range    
Table 3.2.3 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 3.2.4 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 3.2.5 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.2.6 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.2.7 How many databases did you subsequently subscribe to in the past year? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 4 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements? for each of the following years?    
Table 4.1.1 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?    
Table 4.1.2 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by age range    
Table 4.1.3 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 4.1.4 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 4.1.5 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.1.6 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.1.7 What percentage of the library’s spending on databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2018?  Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 4.2.1 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?    
Table 4.2.2 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by age range    
Table 4.2.3 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 4.2.4 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 4.2.5 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.2.6 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.2.7 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2019?  Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Table 4.3.1 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020?    
Table 4.3.2 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by age range    
Table 4.3.3 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 4.3.4 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Table 4.3.5 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.3.6 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 4.3.7 What percentage of the library’s spending on Databases was derived from consortia agreements in 2020? Broken out by gender of the survey respondent    
Which database subscriptions are you thinking of dropping over the next two years and why? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Which database subscriptions are you thinking of adding over the next two years and why? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    
Over the past three years how has your library altered its mix of database offerings or its means of acquiring or managing your database offerings? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college    

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