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2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2012 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2012 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 three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for collection materials increased 7.3% over 2011. Baccalaureate schools increased their spending by an average of 11%; associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 5.4%; comprehensive degree-granting institutions spent 6.9% more on average and doctoral degree-granting institutions spent 7.1% more than in 2011.The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 64.8% of the total materials budget. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 72.4% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2012; comprehensive schools spent an average of 71.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 65.9% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 49.4%.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for salaries and wages increased 3.7% over 2011. Salary and wages expenditures increased only slightly for comprehensive institutions (by 0.4%) while increasing 9.4% for baccalaureate schools. On average, doctoral degree-granting institutions increased salaries and wage expenditures by 4.1% and associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 3.2%. Salaries and wages constituted 74.2% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.7% for baccalaureate, 53.4% for comprehensive schools and 44.1% for doctoral/research institutions.

In the past year 76% of all academic libraries reported using social media with Facebook, blogs and Twitter being the top three. The top three reasons for using social media include promotion of library services, marketing of events and community building.

The 2012 survey includes data from 1,495 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes and electronic books);
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.);
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services);
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment;
  • Social Media Use; and
  • Awareness and use of ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2012 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

“The Greening of America’s Libraries” E-Book From ACRL and LLAMA

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the WayACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announce the publication of The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way. Written by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED-AP professionals and librarians, this digital publication introduces librarians and design professionals to the information, standards and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process.

A core principle of libraries is to be a presence in the communities they serve. That presence takes many forms, from historical images of a librarian riding the circuit on horseback, to a bookmobile, to the physical space of a library building. Today’s libraries use technology to extend the reach of resources and services. These sorts of changes, along with economic concerns, have necessitated a fresh look at physical library buildings, including making them more environmentally sound.

Building on Mary M. Carr’s recent book The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs to Know Before Starting to Build or Renovate, the goal of The Greening of America’s Libraries is to provide the information, tools and confidence a non-building or design professional needs to construct or renovate library spaces with an eye towards sustainability. Carr and Carr provide readers with point by point explanations of LEED requirements in all relevant categories along with examples of existing library building projects that illustrate specific LEED requirements. The handbook is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in library renovation projects along with the construction or lease of new library spaces.

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way is available for purchase in a variety of e-book formats through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and through EBSCO for library e-book collections.

New From ACRL: Designing Training

Designing TrainingACRL announces the publication of Designing Training by Melanie Hawks, the fifth entry in the ACRL Active Guides series.

Focusing on the needs of the adult learner, Designing Training will help librarians and library staff plan training sessions for takeaway value, learner engagement and learning transfer. Hawks provides examples and exercises that demonstrate how to design highly effective learning events from the ground up. The practical activities provided throughout this title will lead the reader through the process of developing well-designed training that sets up both the trainer and the learners to succeed.  Designing Training is practical guide that will serve as an essential go-to resource for those responsible for training as either an on-going job assignment or an occasional project.

The ACRL Active Guides series address professional and workplace issues. Additional titles in the series include Life-Work Balance, Influencing without Authority, Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments and Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals.

Designing Training is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship

Twenty-First-Century Access ServicesACRL announces the publication of Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship, edited by Michael J. Krasulski, Jr. and Trevor A. Dawes.

The access services departments in academic libraries are literally and metaphorically at the front line of 21st century academic librarianship. In both tangible and intangible ways these departments, with their circulation desk roots, are making great strides to facilitate access in an ever changing higher education landscape. Today’s access services departments are expanding their portfolios to include electronic reserves (e-reserves), increased cooperative and shared services, facilities management, assessment initiatives, e-book lending initiatives and copyright management.

“This volume of essays captures so effectively the evolution and adaptability of access services,” notes Columbia University Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian James G. Neal in the forward. “It defines the hybrid qualities that characterize the suite of services that have bridged analog and electronic content, physical and virtual space, and self-sufficient and radically collaborative and collective relationships among libraries.”

The ten chapters in Twenty-First-Century Access Services highlight these roles and services, while discussing the role access services departments will continue to play in the success of the library, as well as place these services in the context of supporting the academic mission of the institutions of which the libraries are a part. This work will be useful to access services practitioners in all types of academic libraries, and to library and information science graduate students and faculty interested in learning more about access services operations.

Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study

Finding a Public VoiceACRL announces the publication of Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study, edited by Danielle Theiss and Diane Kovacs.

This eclectic volume shares vivid examples of how academic librarians, inspired by the writings of noted library leader and blogger Barbara Fister, are engaging with others and blazing a leadership path for the profession on topics such as information literacy, scholarly communication and e-publishing, librarian career adaptability and healthcare privacy rights. Throughout the collection, Fister serves as a model for fearless public expression, speaking out about libraries and learning and engaging in substantive debate. Following her example, Theiss, Kovacs and their contributing authors explore a range of subjects through the lenses of collaboration and partnerships, questioning the status quo, bravery and new modes of learning.

Representing the diversity and creativity in academic librarianship, the nine chapters in Finding a Public Voice are intended to ignite continued dialogue and inspire readers to find and express their own public voices, following Fister’s inspirational example. This volume is recommended reading for librarians interested in information literacy, scholarly communication, e-publishing and the future of the profession.

Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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