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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Academic & Scholarly Journals

  • ID: 5004404
  • Report
  • March 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 58 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The report looks closely at how academic libraries manage and possibly alter their academic journal purchasing and collection practices in the near future.   The study gives detailed data on how much libraries have been spending on academic journals, and what percentage of their subscription base is accounted for by print alone, print/electronic, or electronic alone subscriptions, with detailed statistical breakdowns for each type of subscription.  The report also presents exhaustive information on the role of so-called “Big Deals” in journals purchasing.  Survey participants also rate their satisfaction with their ability to assess journal usage on campus and, in open-ended questions, discuss what they have done and plan to do in their journal purchasing regime.

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

For private colleges and universities, approximately 20.47% of all spending on academic journals is for print alone subscriptions.

  • Mean spending for academic journals by the libraries in the sample was $917,961 for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • For BA-granting institutions so-called “Big Deals” through which colleges subscribe to a broad range of journals from a particular publisher at a reduced price, accounted for 48% of total expenditures on journals.
  • Only 14.29% of research university directors or deans sampled felt “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their capacity to assess journal usage by their library patron populations.

Data in the 58-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  

  • What did your library (including support for journals from non-library departments) spend (in US $) on academic/scholarly journals for each of the following academic years?
  • 2018-2019  
  • 2019-2020  
  • What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are print, electronic-only, or joint print/electronic?  
  • Print alone  
  • Both electronic/print  
  • Electronic alone  
  • What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription
  • expenditures were paid through a consortium?  
  • How have you altered your journals purchasing over the past few years?  
  • What changes do you plan to make in your journal's purchasing practices over the next few years?  
  • What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in each of the following years were accounted for by so-called "Big Deals" which often provide discounted access to hundreds of titles for a fixed fee
  • 2018-2019  
  • 2019-2020  
  • 2020-2021 (expected)  
  • What is your opinion of the current state of such "Big Deals" for journal purchases and what is their likely role in the future at your library?  
  • How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess the usage of journals by your patron population?  

List of Tables
Table 1 What did your library (including support for journals from non-library departments) spend (in US $) on academic/scholarly journals for each of the following academic years?
Table 1.1.1 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?
Table 1.1.2 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 1.1.3 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out for public and private colleges.
Table 1.1.4 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(inUS$)onacademic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college.
Table 1.1.5 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out by enrollment.
Table 1.1.6 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out by Tuition,$.
Table 1.1.7 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2018-2019?Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey.
Table 1.2.1 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?
Table 1.2.2 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken out by age range of the survey participant.
Table 1.2.3 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken out for public and private colleges.
Table 1.2.4 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college.
Table 1.2.5 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken out by enrollment.
Table 1.2.6 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken out by Tuition,$.
Table 1.2.7 What did your library (including support for journals from non library departments)spend(in US$)on academic/scholarly journals in 2019-2020?Broken outbyyourgenderofthelibrarydirectororotherofficialtakingthesurvey.
Table 2 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are print, electronic-only, or joint print/electronic?  
Table 2.1.1 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone?  
Table 2.1.2 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out by age range of the survey participant  
Table 2.1.3 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 2.1.4 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 2.1.5 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 2.1.6 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out by Tuition, $
Table 2.1.7 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is print alone? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey  
Table 2.2.1 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print?
Table 2.2.2 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 2.2.3 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out for public and private colleges  
Table 2.2.4 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 2.2.5 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 2.2.6 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out by Tuition, $  
Table 2.2.7 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures are both electronic/print? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey  
Table 2.3.1 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone?
Table 2.3.2 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 2.3.3 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out for public and private colleges able 2.3.4 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 2.3.5 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 2.3.6 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out by Tuition, $  
Table 2.3.7 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditure is electronic alone? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey
Table 3.1 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium?  
Table 3.2 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 3.3 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out for public and private colleges  
Table 3.4 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college
Table 3.5 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 3.6 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out by Tuition, $
Table 3.7 What percentage of your academic/scholarly journal subscription expenditures were paid through a consortium? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey  How have you altered your journals purchasing over the past few years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college. What changes do you plan to make in your journals purchasing practices over the next few years? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 4 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in each of the following years were accounted for by so called "Big Deals" which often provide discounted access to hundreds of titles for a fixed fee.  
Table 4.1.1 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"?
Table 4.1.2 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 4.1.3 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 4.1.4 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 4.1.5 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 4.1.6 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Tuition, $
Table 4.1.7 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2018-19 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey
Table 4.2.1 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"?
Table 4.2.2 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 4.2.3 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out for public and private colleges
Table 4.2.4 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 4.2.5 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 4.2.6 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Tuition, $
Table 4.2.7 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2019-20 were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey
Table 4.3.1 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"?  
Table 4.3.2 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 4.3.3 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out for public and private colleges able
Table 4.3.4 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 4.3.5 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 4.3.6 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by Tuition, $
Table 4.3.7 What percentage of your library's academic journal expenditures in 2020-21 (expected) were accounted for by so called "Big Deals"? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey  What is your opinion of the current state of such "Big Deals" for journals purchases and what is their likely role in the future at your library? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college  
Table 5.1 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population?  
Table 5.2 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out by age range of the survey participant
Table 5.3 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out for public and private colleges  
Table 5.4 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of college
Table 5.5 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out by enrollment  
Table 5.6 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out by tuition, $  
Table 5.7 How satisfied are you with your library's current capabilities to assess usage of journals by your patron population? Broken out by your gender of the library director or other official taking the survey   

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