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ARL Trends: 2003-2004

If you’re a data junkie, ARL has just released ARL Library Trends by Martha Kyrillidou and Mark Young.
It’s a neat small set of charts, pie charts and data from about 1986 to 2004 in the ARL members. It covers service trends, monograph and serials costs, supply and demand trends, expediture trends, electronic resources and expenditures per student – all useful analytical measures. It’s also got a useful bibliography.
“ARL Statistics 2003-04 is the latest in a series of annual publications that describe collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Of these, 113 are university libraries and 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries. ARL member libraries are the largest research libraries in North America, representing 16 Canadian and 107 U.S. research institutions. The academic libraries, which comprise about 92% of the membership, include 14 Canadian and 99 U.S. libraries.
ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they do account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 123 member libraries in 2003-04 was more than $3.4 billion; from that, almost $2.6 billion was spent by the 113 university libraries and more than $800 million by the nonuniversity libraries.”
It’s always good to see what the trends are. I found the tables on resources per student and electronic resources educational.

Posted on: January 13, 2006, 11:14 pm Category: Uncategorized

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