ACRL announces the publication of 2017 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 Colleges, Master’s Colleges and Universities, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. Those who purchase the print edition will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the 2017 survey data available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2017.
The 2017 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5,372,492 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $689,091 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $486,470 for baccalaureate schools and $468,337 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 76.3% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2017; comprehensive schools spent an average of 81.1%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 76.6%; and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 32.4%. On average, academic libraries spent 73.8% of their materials budget on ongoing subscriptions.
The 2017 data show that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 56.3% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 65.8% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 64.9% for baccalaureates, 66.6% for comprehensive schools, and 53% for doctoral/research institutions.
Librarians are promoted through the ranks on the basis of their professional proficiency and effectiveness through a peer review system of standards consistent with other faculty at 26.3% of associate-degree granting institutions, 15.4% of baccalaureate schools, 24.5% of comprehensive schools, and 26.2% of doctoral/research institutions.
The 2017 survey includes data from 1,719 academic libraries in five major categories:
- Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
- Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
- Library services
- Faculty status
The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean, and median) for all elements. The 2017 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications, and benchmarking.
2017 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.