Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Trends in Sharing Costs of Specialized Content & Services with Academic Departments
Percentage of Academic Libraries that Share the Costs of Certain Library
Services with Non-Library Academic or Administrative Departments
In terms of the second part of the survey item – which academic or administrative
departments libraries shared costs with – there was a wide variety of open-ended responses.
The most frequently mentioned partners were business and management departments. Other
cost-sharing partners included a university consortium, a medical/pharmacy college, Allied
Health, and humanities departments and divisions. Databases and research resources in
general were the materials that were mentioned the most in relation to cost-sharing, and
specialized software programs were also materials that were identified by participants.
The report looks closely at the extent and kinds of cooperative arrangements between academic libraries and academic departments to pay for specialized resources and services. The study gives data on the frequency of such arrangements, which resources that they help to pay for, and what percentage of library resource spending is accounted for by such arrangements. The study also describes the nature of these deals, including the “split” on expenses, the share typically paid for by the library and the share paid for by the academic departments. 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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