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Using ARL Statistics in Budget Justification Analysis: An Example from U Florida

peer analysis bar chart from presentation by Brian Keith“Statistical Analysis of Library Budgets” by Brian Keith (PDF)Helping ARL member library staff understand their libraries’ budgets and make the case for their libraries is an important function of the data ARL collects. Brian Keith, associate dean for administrative services and faculty affairs at the University of Florida, demonstrated this in his presentation, “Statistical Analysis of Library Budgets” (PDF), at the ARL Survey Coordinators and SPEC Liaisons Meeting on January 24, 2014, in Philadelphia.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2011–2012 Published

ARL Statistics 2011-2012 coverARL Statistics 2011-2012ARL has released the ARL Statistics 2011–2012, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 125 member libraries. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US).

 
 

ARL Statistics 2011-2012

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2011–2012.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2011-2012  on the ARL Digital Publications website.
 
 

Library Investment Index Summarizes Relative Size of ARL University Libraries for 2011–12

ARL has released the Library Investment Index for 2011–2012, the latest in this annual summary measure of the relative size of the university library members of the Association. Although similar to the ARL Membership Criteria Index in reflecting the investments made in research libraries, the ARL Library Investment Index is less affected by the electronic availability of content and, consequently, the rapidly changing context of library collections. Neither index attempts to measure a library’s services, quality of collections, or success in meeting the needs of users. The ARL Library Investment Index has been calculated beginning with data from 2002–2003.

 
 

ARL Statistics® 2011–2012 Data Now Available in Analytics

Total library expenditures, multiple institutions
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ARL has released the 2011–2012 ARL Statistics dataset through ARL Statistics Analytics, a subscription-based service for nonmember libraries, vendors, commercial parties, and others interested in accessing the final, verified ARL Statistics data through an interactive interface. (ARL member institutions enjoy free access to the analytics as a benefit of membership.) ARL Statistics is a series of annual data-collection activities that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for the member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries.

 
   

ARL Releases RLI 280 on OERs, E-Book Licensing, Research Library Trends

RLI 280 coverARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL's e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

 
 

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011 Published

health-sciences-library-statistics-2010-2011-coverARL has released ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 63 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

 
 

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2010–2011 Published

law-library-statistics-2010-2011-coverARL has released ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2010–2011, which presents data describing collections, expenditures, personnel, and services in 74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

 
 

ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics

ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics is a subscription-based service for non-ARL member libraries, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, and researchers who want interactive access to over 100 years’ worth of ARL Statistics® data. ARL Statistics® Interactive Analytics allows you to:

  • review the library data collected by ARL
  • generate rankings of institutions by selected criteria
  • create graphs from the data
  • generate summary statistics for all ARL libraries
  • download the data by year in spreadsheet format
  • review the ARL indices

ARL is offering this subscription service to non-member organizations and individuals who are interested in accessing the final verified data through an interactive interface. (All ARL member libraries have access to the ARL Statistics® Analytics as soon as the data are submitted through the StatsQUAL® password-protected gateway at arlstatistics.org).

The subscription fee is $750 for for-profit organizations and $500 for non-profit organizations. Download the arl-statistics-interactive-pricing-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.
 
 

ARL Statistics 2010-2011

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2010–2011.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2010-2011  on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics Webcast

This webcast held on June 5, 2012, informs survey coordinators and library staff about the nature of descriptive research library statistics, demonstrates how ARL members and nonmember libraries can access the ARL Statistics® data, and shares how data can be used to make a case for your library. This webcast also unveils some of the upcoming changes to the survey and discusses the benefits of these changes. For more information, visit http://www.arlstatistics.org/.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2009-2010

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 125 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2009–2010.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2009-2010 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2008-2009

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 124 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2008–2009.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2008-2009 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2007-2008

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2007–2008.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2007-2008 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2006-2007

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2006–2007.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2006-2007 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2005-2006

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2005–2006.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2005-2006 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Statistics 2004-2005

This edition of the ARL Statistics describes the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities for the 123 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in fiscal year 2004–2005.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-statistics-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Statistics 2004-2005 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
   

The Gerould Statistics 1907/08-1961/62

This is a compilation of annual statistics for university libraries that were collected by James Gerould, first at Minnesota and later at Princeton.

pdf 1st edition, 1986, by Robert E. Molyneux

pdf 2nd revised edition, 2010, by Robert E. Molyneux

 
       

Lies, Damned Lies, ... and ARL Statistics?

In 1986, Kendon Stubbs reported on the ARL Statistics Committee's examination of ARL data. This paper is intended to summarize the committee's work under the topics of (1) problems with the data that ARL collects; (2) problems with what ARL does not collect; (3) problems with data collection generally; and (4) proposed courses of action by the committee.

pdf kendon-stubbs-lies-1986.pdf

 
             
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