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Law Library Benchmarks 2018-19 Edition

Law Library Benchmarks 2018-19 Edition

The report looks closely at the current policies and plans of North American law libraries in many areas, focusing especially on plans for information spending, with specific data on databases, books, reporters, eBooks, directories, magazines, newspapers, and other information vehicles. It also gives detailed information on how a sampling of law librarians view the information use training and other policies of major vendors of legal information. They also discuss their plans for information purchases in the future. The report includes a highly detailed segment on what librarians are doing in the area of artificial intelligence, including data on use of products from many specific AI vendors, and librarians’ perceptions about how they view AI and how it is viewed by top non-library management in their organizations. The report also gives trend data on overall library budgets.


We asked the question: How many other full time equivalent employees such as library assistants, technology staff, secretaries and others are employed by the library? On average, there are 3.50 full-time employees besides librarian at law libraries sampled, with the lowest number being two and the highest number being 40. Canadian libraries have more of these additional employees than American ones (5.21 vs. 2.61). Examining libraries by type, university law libraries have the most supplemental staff members with 7.50, while courthouse libraries have the least with 1.11. Lastly, libraries with the most full-time librarians (more than three) have the highest average number of extra employees (7.13).

Spending on Print Reporters in 2018
1.1 How many non-librarian full time equivalent employees such as library assistants,
technology staff, secretaries and others are employed by the library?
1.2 How many non-librarian full time equivalent employees such as library assistants,
technology staff, secretaries and others are employed by the library? Broken out by Country
1.3 How many non-librarian full time equivalent employees such as library assistants,
technology staff, secretaries and others are employed by the library? Broken out by type of
law library
1.4 How many non-librarian full time equivalent employees such as library assistants,
technology staff, secretaries and others are employed by the library? Broken out by number of
full time equivalent librarians employed
2.1 What was the library's total spending (in US$) on salaries last year, including
retirement contributions, for all employees of the library?
2.2 What was the library's total spending (in US$) on salaries last year, including
retirement contributions, for all employees of the library? Broken out by Country
2.3 What was the library's total spending (in US$) on salaries last year, including
retirement contributions, for all employees of the library? Broken out by type of law library
2.4 What was the library's total spending (in US$) on salaries last year, including
retirement contributions, for all employees of the library? Broken out by number of full time
equivalent librarians employed
What single task or objective has taken an increasing amount of staff time in recent years and
why has so much staff time been devoted to it? Broken out by type of law library
Which tasks, if any, does your library outsource? Broken out by type of law library
3 What was the library's budget (in US$) in each of the following years? (including
spending for salaries)................................................................................................................

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