Preservation Statistics

Preservation Statistics logoThe Preservation Statistics Survey is a project to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions in the United States.

Preservation activities encompass a broad range of tasks to assure the long-term access to traditional and digital cultural heritage collections in libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and more. The Preservation Statistics Survey records how these preservation programs are administered (leadership, staffing, and funding) as well as preventive preservation activities (library binding, mass deacidification, environmental monitoring, disaster planning, outreach, training, and others), conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities, and digital preservation responsibilities.

Surveys, Reports, and Data

FY2013

Any library in the United States conducting preservation activities was invited to complete this survey, which was open from January 15, 2014 through April 30, 2014.

The FY2013 Preservation Statistics Report (.pdf) provides analysis of the survey results, including examinations of trends in libraries from 2000-2013, based on statistics from the FY2012 survey and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) preservation statistics survey.  

Download the full FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx)

Download the survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the FY2013 Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.

FY2012

The FY2012 Preservation Statistics Report analyzes the data collected in the FY2012 survey, which was open to all cultural heritage institutions in the US that conducted preservation activities. 

Download the full FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx)

View the FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey questionnaire (.pdf)

Access the FY2012 Instructions and Definitions Document (.pdf)

Contact Us

Preservation Statistics is a project of the Preservation Standards and Practices Committee of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). Contact survey coordinators Annie Peterson and Holly Robertson at preservationstatistics@gmail.com.