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ERIC Number: ED501322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-5940-7787-8
ARL Preservation Statistics, 2005-06. 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 2005-2006 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 2005-2006. Shifting trends have made themselves evident in many categories. Preservation expenditures for ARL's 111 reporting member libraries were $107,937,836 in 2005-2006, which reflects an inflation-adjusted increase of 27% since the survey's revision in 1996-1997. Total preservation staff grew to just under 1,800 FTEs in 2005-2006, an increase of 5.4% from 2004-2005. Level 1 conservation treatment decreased from 2004-2005 levels, while the number of items treated at Levels 2 and 3 increased; total conservation treatment has increased by more than 50,000 volumes in the past year, bringing it higher than it has been in the last four years. Microfilming activity decreased by about 11,000 volumes, to 154,857; the high microfilming values over the last three years was due largely to a re-organization of counting at the Library of Congress, which reported 121,386 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 2005-2006 figure of $6,270,601 representing a 2.3% decrease from 2004-2005. 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 January 1, 2007. (Contains 6 footnotes, 2 graphs, and 14 tables.) [For the 2004-2005 statistics, see ED501324.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States