Sunday, December 21, 2008

Association of Research Libraries Report on Law Library Statistics 2006–2007

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2006–2007, which presents data that describe collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 75 law libraries at ARL member institutions throughout North America.

  • Out of 113 ARL university libraries, 74 responded to this survey.
  • Law libraries reported median values of 332,247 volumes held and 8,399 gross volumes added. Also, these libraries employed the full-time equivalent of 2,201 staff members in the fiscal year 2006–2007.
  • Reporting libraries employed 2,201 FTE staff.
  • They reported total expenditures of $ 208,820,262 (US dollars).
  • Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at 47% and 45% respectively.
  • Law libraries reported a total of $ 17,259,064 on electronic resources, or a median of 18.52% of their total materials budgets. This includes a total of $14,864,912 on electronic serials.
University of Alberta and McGill completed this survey in the past, but chose not to complete this survey in 2006–2007. Canadian ARL members participating in this most recent ARL survey include Université de Montréal, Queen's, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:08 pm


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