Source: Primary Research Group, March 2012
From the summary:
This report presents data from 110 American academic libraries about the state of their strategic thinking on a myriad of issues including: use of eBooks and eBook readers, development of audio-visual resources, digitization of special collections, conference attendance and library staff training, views of open access, technology center development policies, use of clould computing and inventory tracking technologies and many other issues.
The report present detailed data on trends and spending plans in the following areas: capital spending, salaries/benefits and hiring, use of student labor, eBooks and traditional books, audio-video, journals and periodicals, online databases, library instructional technology, tablet computers and eBook readers, and many other areas. Data is broken out by size and type of academic library and for public and private institutions.
College libraries serving fewer than 1,000 students spent a mean of just $24,298 on information accessed online
63.27% of libraries in the sample say that salaries and benefits for their librarians have declined in real terms over the past year.
Over the next few years, 68.75% of libraries in the sample expect their resource allocation to keep pace with that of other departments in their college.
In 2012-2013, libraries in the sample expect to increase materials spending by a mean of 1.62%.
14.29% of 4-year college libraries and 15.63% of MA granting college libraries have received grant support from foundations.
60% of colleges in the sample with more than 10,000 students enrolled say that their capital budget has declined over the past two years.