International Research Library Benchmarks, 2017 Edition
This 223-page report presents a range of data and commentary about the operations and plans of 30 corporate, legal, government and academic research libraries. The voluminous study looks at library personnel and spending plans in a broad range of areas including but not limited to: open access and repositories, 3D Printing, RFID, eBooks and print books, databases and journals, specialized technology labs and group study rooms, and more.
The study also looks at recent capital budget spending and at planned spending, honing in on specific items such as information technology, energy saving technology, special rooms and instruction centers, and building renovations and repairs. The study also looks at trends in grant support and personnel decisions in a plethora of areas such as: digitization, Information technology, special collections, technical services, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, information literacy, cataloging, data curation, reference, subject specialists, website staff and much more.
Some of the survey participants are: Ashland Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Research Libraries, Fox Rothschild LLP, Haynes and Boone LLP, Monash University Malaysia, NSW Health. QNL, Saint Louis University, The American University in Cairo, The Australian National University Library, The Rockefeller University, University College Dublin, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Missouri, University of Western Australia, Marquette, Waters Corporation and Yale.
Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
Over the past three years, 26.67 percent of libraries sampled had decreased the capital budget, a 43.33 percent plurality had kept it constant, 20 percent had increased it somewhat, and 10 percent said it had increased significantly.
Nearly 27% of those sampled had decreased staff over the past three years in ordering and receiving.
23.22% said that they would spend less on tablet computers for patrons over the next two years while 6.67% said that they would increase such spending.