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ERIC Number: ED498300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 61
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-5940-7703-7
ISSN: ISSN-1050-7442
ARL Preservation Statistics 2003-04. 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 123 U.S. and Canadian research libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) during the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Since 1987-1988, the number of preservation programs managed by a preservation administrator has grown 66 to as many as 80 in more recent years, with 77 in 2003-2004. Rapidly shifting trends have made themselves evident in many categories. Preservation expenditures for ARL's 109 reporting member libraries were $97,812,776 in 2003-2004, which reflects an inflation-adjusted increase of 18% since the survey's revision in 1996-1997. Total preservation staff dropped to 1,635 FTEs in 2003-2004, a decrease of 6.4% from 2002-2003; the fact that seven libraries who had reported data in 2002-2003 failed to report in 2003-2004 contributed to this decrease. Level 1 conservation treatment increased slightly from 2002-2003 levels, while Levels 2 and 3 dropped; total conservation treatment has decreased 10% since the survey was revised in 1996-1997. Microfilming activity jumped to 210,878 bound volumes; the sharp increase due mostly to a re-organization of counting at the Library of Congress, which alone reported 116,777 volumes microfilmed. 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 2003-2004 figure of $6,603,883 representing a 9.9% increase from 2002-2003. 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 September 1, 2005. (Contains 6 footnotes, 2 graphs and 16 tables.) [For 2002-2003 statistics, see ED498301.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States