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 Statistics Analytics (formerly called ARL Statistics Interactive Analytics) allows subscribers to:
- Review the library data collected by ARL
- Generate rankings of ARL 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 library expenditures data as well as the level of investment in the library from the parent institution
The ARL Statistics data, going back to 1908, can be used to chart trends, support strategic planning and advocacy efforts, facilitate peer-group benchmarking, and support budget justification. The subscription fee is $500 for nonprofit organizations and $750 for others.
Interested organizations may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.