Wednesday, December 14, 2011

IES: Academic Libraries 2010

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently released Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look.
The Academic Libraries: 2010 First Look summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures of academic libraries in 2- and 4-year, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Findings Include:
  • Academic libraries held approximately 158.7 million e-books and about 1.8 million electronic reference sources and aggregation services at the end of FY 2010.
  • Academic libraries spent approximately $152.4 million for electronic books, serial backfiles, and other materials in FY 2010. Expenditures for electronic current serial subscriptions totaled about $1.2 billion.
  • During FY 2010, some 72 percent of academic libraries reported that they supported virtual reference services.
  • Academic libraries reported 88,943 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working in academic libraries during the fall of 2010.
Academic Libraries 2010 and it's supplemental tables are available in PDF via the IES web site. Special thanks to Stacie Marinelli, Reference Librarian at the National Library of Education for sharing this with the EBSS list.

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