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ACRL releases “2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics”

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ACRL announces the publication of 2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The 2019 survey data is available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2019. Survey respondents can access the summary data on the ACRL Metrics website.

 

The 2019 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5.6 million for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $724,124 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $486,972 for baccalaureate schools; and $134,364 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 79.2% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2019; comprehensive schools spent an average of 82.6%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 79.9%; and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 63.6%.

 

The 2019 data show that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 61% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 80.3% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 57.6% for baccalaureates, 58.4% for comprehensive schools, and 47.9% for doctoral/research institutions.

 

Spending per FTE student averaged $66 for associate-degree granting institutions, $401 for baccalaureate schools, $255 for comprehensive universities, and $577 for doctoral/research institutions. Staffing at associate-degree granting institutions averaged 4.6 FTE librarians, 5.4 FTE librarians at baccalaureate schools, 7.9 FTE librarians at comprehensive universities, and 30.5 FTE librarians at doctoral/research institutions.

 

Nearly half of 1,516 libraries in the United States reported an OER initiative at their institution, with 12 estimating that OER had saved students at their institution more than $1 million the previous fiscal year. Community colleges reported the highest percentage of OER initiatives with 62%, followed by doctoral-granting institutions at 55%, master’s colleges and institutions at 42%, and baccalaureate colleges at 31%.

 

The 2019 survey includes data from 1,642 academic libraries in five major categories:

 

– Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)

– Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)

– Library services

– Staffing

– OER initiatives

 

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean, and median) for all elements. The 2019 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications, and benchmarking.

 

2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 1:29 pm Category: Uncategorized

CNN: Here’s how to spot misinformation online

Here’s how to spot misinformation online

Cutting through the noise of social media and figuring out what’s true and false can be tough. These steps can make it easier.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2020/10/26/how-to-spot-misinformation-explainer-orig.cnn-business/video/playlists/stories-worth-watching/

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 1:00 pm Category: Uncategorized

Brookings: How public libraries help build healthy communities

How public libraries help build healthy communities

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 11:55 am Category: Uncategorized

Parents’ Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids

Parents’ Guide for Safe YouTube and Internet Streaming for Kids

https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/

 

 

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Finland-based gaming startup leads players to libraries

Finland-based game studio Wondershop is designing games and offline activities aimed at young people who are struggling with isolation or are at risk of discrimination or exclusion. The games, which involve a wristband controller, will bring players together at locations such as libraries and parks.

Full Story: VentureBeat

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Innovative, a ProQuest company: New research on public library usage during pandemic

New research on public library usage during pandemic

Emeryville, CA — October 27, 2020. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the presentation of new research on how people in the U.S. are using their public libraries.

The research report, titled “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19,” presents how people have used public libraries in 2019 and 2020. The data includes how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening.

The Innovative survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults reveals that while public libraries are still an extraordinarily trusted institution, the pandemic has presented immense challenges to staying connected with communities. Conducted by Witt Associates LLC in September of this year, survey findings include:

  • While libraries have done an admirable job pivoting resources online, not all patrons moved as quickly as their libraries have. As a result, while use of electronic resources is high, overall use of the library is down compared to 2019 and early 2020.
  • The investments libraries made in their website and mobile apps since 2016 have paid dividends, especially since the onset of the pandemic. Overall online use of the library has gone from 39% in 2016 to 55% in 2020.
  • While use of e-resources has gone up significantly during the pandemic, borrowing printed books is still the #1 library activity.
  • Despite significant online use of libraries and high use of e-resources, 53% of library users said that they sometimes cannot find what they want in the library.
  • In addition, only 1 in 5 people report that they are very familiar with what their local library offers, and the same number say they do not know how to find out more. Thirty-three percent said “It is often hard to actually visit the library.”

“Every facet of our lives has been impacted by the pandemic. The library is another example of an institution, like schools, retail stores, and workplaces that have pivoted to meet people where they are during this time,” said Kirsten Matetich, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Innovative. “Our research confirms many things we know to be true – that public libraries are beloved and widely supported by their communities. It also exposes gaps that we believe libraries can close with better technology. Engaging communities in a pandemic world will continue to require creativity and better technology to both serve people and to keep us all safe.”

To view the full research report, download it here.

About Innovative

Innovative, a ProQuest company, provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, consortia, and corporate and special libraries. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence—serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.iii.com.


Summary: Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the presentation of new research on how people in the U.S. are using their public libraries. The research report, titled “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19,” presents how people have used public libraries in 2019 and 2020. The data includes how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening.

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

Canadians interacting and travelling much less during pandemic, cellphone data study shows

Canadians interacting and travelling much less during pandemic, cellphone data study shows

U of T report examined movement data from 870,000 Canadians throughout 2020

Posted on: October 29, 2020, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized