The report gives detailed data on trends in staffing, budgets, salaries, information literacy efforts, use of vendor supplied info literacy materials, info literacy training requirements, patron training in scholarly collaboration networks, materials spending overall and for books, databases, ebooks, journals and other information vehicles, developments in open access and digital repositories, use of eBook readers and tablet computers, patent information procurement efforts, special collections budgets, special collections digitization, video streaming, use of cloud computing services, use of RFID, barcoding and other inventory tracking technology, binding technology and services, developments in library computer centers and many other factors affecting the operation of medical and other scientific libraries. Data is broken out separately for four subject areas: medical libraries, engineering/mathematics/physics libraries, chemicals and energy, and all other scientific libraries. Data is also broken out for various measures of library size, as well as for three country/region areas: 1) USA, 2) Other Developed Economies and 3) Emerging Economies, and also by type of library, ie, higher education, government, private industry, scientific society, etc.
Just a few of the report's many findings are that:
Just 4.35 percent of the libraries in the sample include training in scholarly collaboration networks such as Vivo or Collexis in its patron education efforts and most of these libraries are in emerging economies.
Most libraries sampled spent nothing on content for eBook readers but those that did spent a mean of nearly $18,000 in the past year.
Overall spending on eBook subscriptions rose nearly 20% in 2012-13.
Traditional print book spending exceeded eBook spending but by a narrowing margin.
Librarians in institutions with library budgets exceeding $1 million spent more than 8% of their staff time promoting the institutional digital repository.
Mean spending by the libraries in the sample for information accessed online in the past year was $683,551.
8.7% of libraries sampled employ a PHD in the subject area on which the library focuses (apart from library science PHD's or other degrees related to library or information science).
More than 62% of government and international organization scientific libraries in the sample considered their information literacy efforts to be minimal at best.
Only six libraries reported aggregated spending on patent information including use of patent databases, search services and outsourced research and these libraries reported mean spending of $177,750.00.