ERIC Number: ED348050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Growth and Change in 67 Medical School Libraries, 1975-1989.
Seibert, Warren F.; Kuenz, Marjorie A.
The analyses reported here on the growth and change of medical school libraries are based on the annual statistics of 67 U.S. and Canadian medical school libraries, 1975-89, and 4 primary statistics from "parent," main campus libraries, all of them members of the Association of Research Libraries. The results show that medical school library growth rates, like the rates at many other libraries, are declining, and yet the average 1975 collection will probably double by 2001. Operating expenditures have doubled in 8 years, supporting a 30% increase in staff size, even though the salary and wage portion of expenditures has declined from about 55 to 48%, while the acquisitions portion has increased from 34 to 39%. Of the total expenditures for acquisitions, serials account for a gradually increasing 75-77%, up from 72-73%, and monographs for a gradually decreasing 21-22%, down from 24-25%. The libraries' current serial receipts and "volumes added" statistics have both declined slightly, although both remain at levels well beyond their 1975 levels, and medical libraries are relatively active, growing, healthy institutions. An addendum considers 12 statistics that provide explanations for the incredible growth and prosperity of the 1950s and '60s, the rapidly dwindling fortunes that followed, and the modest improvements that came during the 1980s. These statistics show clearly that librarians who blame budget cuts, materials/serials prices, inflation, and austerity for the hardships endured in recent years are seriously oversimplifying the problem. (17 references) (KRN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.
Identifiers: Canada; United States