2011 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2011 align=ACRL announces the publication of 2011 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 2011 data show that while the percentage of library expenditures for collection materials increased slightly over 2010, the amount spent on e-books increased dramatically. Baccalaureate schools increased their spending by an average of 109.5%; associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 109.2%; comprehensive degree-granting institutions spent 102.7% more on average; and doctoral degree-granting institutions spent 78.9% more for e-books in 2011. The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on serials decreased slightly for all types of institutions except baccalaureate schools where it remained unchanged from 2010. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 66.12% of their materials budgets for serials in 2011; comprehensive schools spent an average of 57.62%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 52.56% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 33.87%.

Salary and wages expenditures as a percentage of total library expenditures increased slightly for doctoral and comprehensive institutions (by 0.94% and 0.98%, respectively), and slightly decreased for associate- institutions and baccalaureate schools (by 1.85% and 0.64%, respectively). Salaries and wages constituted 74.43% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 59.51% for baccalaureate 58.18% for comprehensive schools, and 45.57% for doctoral/research institutions.

In the past year 12.8% of academic libraries surveyed lost square footage, 6.2% gained space, and 76.7% experienced no change.  In the next five years, 15.9% of academic libraries surveyed expect to lose space, 20.4% expect go gain space, and 58.4% anticipate no change.

The 2011 survey includes data from 1,514 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
  • Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
  • Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
  • Faculty Rank, Status, and Tenure for Librarians

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2011 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications, and benchmarking.

2011 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store or by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.