The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced the publication of “2010 Academic Library Trends and Statistics“, their latest annual publication that describes the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries. The three-volume set includes associate of arts institutions, master’s colleges and universities/baccalaureate colleges and research/doctoral-granting institutions.
The 2010 survey includes data from 1,514 academic libraries in six major categories:
- Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
- Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
- Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
- Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
- Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
- Faculty Rank, Status and Tenure for Librarians
The 2010 data show that the median unit cost of monographs increased slightly over 2009 for all types of academic libraries, while salary and wages expenditures as a percentage of total library expenditures remained unchanged for baccalaureate and comprehensive institutions, slightly decreased for doctoral institutions and increased almost 3 percent for associate degree-granting institutions.
Serial expenditures as a percentage of total library materials expenditures increased for all schools except doctoral degree-granting institutions. The percentage of student assistant staff as a percentage of total staff increased over 2009, ranging from a low of 20 increase at associate degree-granting institutions to a high of 32.14 percent at baccalaureate institutions.
The 3-volume set and individual volumes are available for purchase at the ACRL Store.