Ten-year study shows increased need for academic libraries | American Libraries Magazine
Contact: Cathleen J. Bourdon
Office for Research & Statistics (ORS)
CHICAGO - The need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased, according to a new study released by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics.
In "Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008," researcher Denise M. Davis analyzes data from the Academic Library Survey administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), identifying changes in the number of academic libraries, circulation and reserve collections, interlibrary loan transactions and documents received from commercial services, public serve hours, volumes held and added, library staffing, library expenditures, electronic services and information literacy activities.
The report provides an informative look at how the academic libraries continue to provide valuable resources to their community through technology and increased service hours despite a loss of non-librarian staff.
NCES, in collaboration with the academic library community, conducts a biennial survey that captures information about libraries in all degree-granting colleges and universities. Data analyzed in this report are drawn from the NCES Academic Libraries series public use data for 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
"Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008" is available as a PDF download at http://www.ala.org/ala/research/librarystats/academic/index.cfm.