Academic Libraries: 2006

Source: Barbara Holton, Laura Hardesty, Patricia O’Shea, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, NCES 2008-337, July 2008

From a summary:
During a typical week in the fall of 2006, academic libraries processed approximately 1.1 million reference transactions, including computer searches, and for the year there were over 144 million “circulation transactions.”

Among the survey’s other findings:
• The nation’s 3600 academic libraries held 1.0 billion books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials, including government documents.
• Academic libraries support 93,600 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff, including 26,500 FTE librarians, about 28 percent of the total number of FTE staff.
• Academic libraries spent $94 million for electronic books, serials backfiles, and other materials in FY 2006.
• Some 72 percent of academic libraries provided library reference service by e-mail or the Web (table 12).
• Some 34 percent of academic libraries reported their institution had incorporated information literacy into its mission (table 13).

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