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ERIC Number: ED349013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Research Library Trends II: 35 Libraries in the 1970's and Beyond. A Sequel to Research Library Trends, 1951-1980 and Beyond.
Seibert, Warren F.; And Others
This study is based on the annual statistics of 35 institutions, all members of the Association of Research Libraries. For 17 of the libraries, the statistics cover 1969-1988; for the rest, they cover 1976-1988. Procedurally, the study parallels both its 1987 ancestor ("Research Library Trends, 1951-1980 and Beyond") and the earlier "Purdue Study" series, but here the 35 libraries are separate from, and many are smaller and younger than the 58 included in the earlier work. The study describes growth and change in library holdings, volumes added, professional and non-professional staff size, and expenditures for salaries and for materials and binding. Figures for graduate enrollment and Ph.D. degrees awarded are also included. Expenditures, the most regular and predictable of the trends studied, are expected to continue to increase at a rate of about 8%-9% per year. Collections, which probably will continue to increase as a result of something like a "flywheel effect" (the continuing motion of a large mass that has been in motion "forever"), will probably not continue to double in less than 20-year intervals, as was common in the past; current rates of increase for collections are well below those of the 1960's, and they may decline further. Eight appendices include a listing of the nine Purdue study reports; an excerpt and references from an earlier report; lists of National Center for Education Statistics and Canadian data source documents; Canadian and U.S. dollar conversion factors; tables and figures displaying selected data; and inflation factors. An index is provided. (Contains 48 references). (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.
Identifiers: Association of Research Libraries; Canada; United States