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ERIC Number: ED498301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-5940-7667-7
ISSN: ISSN-1050-7442
ARL Preservation Statistics 2002-03. 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 2002-2003 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 78 in 2002-2003. Shifting trends have made themselves evident in many categories. Preservation expenditures for ARL's 115 reporting member libraries were $97,833,909 in 2002-2003, which reflects an inflation-adjusted increase of 17% since the survey's revision in 1996-1997. Total preservation staff dropped to 1,746 FTEs in 2002-2003, after being over 1,800 FTEs in each of the last two years. Although all three levels of conservation treatment dropped from 2001-2002 levels, Level 1 and Level 3 treatment had seen unusually large upward spikes last year, and 2002-2003 amounts are more in line with what they have been throughout the last decade. Microfilming activity decreased to 50,397 bound volumes, the smallest amount of microfilming recorded in the history of the survey. 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 2002-2003 figure of $7,326,613 representing a 7.4% increase from 2001-02. 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 June 1, 2004. (Contains 6 footnotes, 2 graphs and 16 tables.) [For 2001-2002 statistics, see ED498299.]
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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