Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2018 Edition
The study presents data from 34 North American law libraries, detailing their plans for their print materials acquisitions. The study gives comprehensive data on spending on print versions of books, journals, directories, loose-leaf services, newspapers and magazines and other products in print formats, with data from 2016, 2017 and estimated for 2018. The study also presents the opinions of survey participants about their plans for print over the next few years. The study discusses book culling practices, use of inter-library loan and consortia, and the substitution of digital for print formats.
The overall mean was 9.43% with a median of 10% and a range of 1% to 27.5%. Small law firm libraries were most ardent cullers, and they eliminated 11.25% of their stock of print titles each year; corporate/government libraries were the least enthusiastic, culling an annual mean of 7.29% of their book collections.
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