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ERIC Number: ED498299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 59
Abstractor: ERIC
ARL Preservation Statistics, 2001-02. A Compilation of Statistics from the Members of the Association of Research Libraries
Young, Mark, Comp.; Kyrillidou, Martha, Comp.
Association of Research Libraries
This document presents data from 124 U.S. and Canadian research libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) during the 2001-2002 fiscal year. Since 1987-1988, the number of preservation programs managed by a preservation administrator has grown irregularly from 66 to around 80 in more recent years. A fluctuating growth in preservation expenditures and staffing across the ARL membership accompanied this development. Preservation expenditures for ARL's 116 reporting member libraries were $96,575,155 in 2001-2002, an approximate 60% increase in expenditures for preservation since 1991-1992. Total preservation staff increased to just above 1,835 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 2001-2002, the highest level in six years. Among the types of conservation treatment, Level 1 jumped about 40% from 2000-2001, while Level 2 continued a slow, gradual decline. Level 3 treatments spiked upward to more than 280,000 volumes; however, this appears to be an isolated incident: a tropical storm recovery project at the university of Houston was responsible for approximately 250,000 of the treated volumes. Microfilming activity increased to 88,170 bound volumes, the first increase in microfilming activity since 1995-1995. Availability of external funds plays a critical role in preservation activities. In 1988, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) began a multi-year, expanded cooperative preservation microfilming program, in which ARL libraries have participated extensively. However, it appears that cuts in the NEH budget have also negatively affected availability of external funding for preservation, which fell constantly from a high of $11,090,547 in 1992-1993 to a low of $4,917,732 in 1997-1998. In recent years external expenditures have been up and down, with the 2001-2002 figure of $6,819,889 representing a 20% increase from 2000-2001. The data contained in the "Library Data Tables" are descriptive indices of preservation activities in research libraries, including preservation staffs, expenditures, and productivity. A copy of the ARL preservation statistics questionnaire and instructions, as well as footnotes to the statistics, is included. An appendix lists ARL member libraries as of October 1, 2003. (Contains 5 footnotes, 2 graphs and 16 tables.) [For "ARL Supplementary Statistics 2001-2002. A Compilation of Statistics from the Members of the Association of Research Libraries," see ED498271. For the 2000-2001 statistics, see ED468926.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States