Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Library Conference Attendance
Expected Spending on Sending Librarians to Conferences in the Next Year
We asked: Over the next year, do you expect to spend more, less or about the same (in US$) on library conference attendance compared with the prior year? We gave five answers to the multiple choice question; these were: 1) Much more, 2) More, 3) About the same, 4) Less, and 5) Much less.
Most respondents responded ‘About the same,’ (54.22%) although more said ‘Much more’ or ‘More’ than ‘Less’ (4.82 and 21.69% compared to 10.84%, respectively), and no respondents said ‘Much less.’ This same trend persisted across most breakdowns. More respondents whose salary range was less than $60,000 said ‘Less’ (31.25%) than those from other institutions, whereas all (100%) respondents whose salary range was over $150,000 responded, ‘About the same.’
The report looks closely at the plans of academic library directors to pay for library conference attendance for their personnel. The study gives detailed data on annual spending, expected spending, and on the types of conferences that librarians consider critical. Library directors, deans and other high level officials also relate the ideas and topics on which they would like to see future conferences. The report also gives detailed data on the extent to which decision-making on conferences is centralized. Data is based on a survey of more than 80 top library personnel.Data in the report is broken out by many different institutional and personal characteristics of the survey participants including size, type, public/private status and tuition level of the institutions, and age and gender of the individuals participating in the survey.
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