The 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 ensure 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.
For more information about the history of the ARL and ALA Preservation Statistics programs, read our 2016 paper "Do You Count? The Revitalization of a National Preservation Statistics Program" in Library Resources and Technical Services V. 60, Issue 1.
Surveys, Reports, and Data
The online FY2017 Preservation Statistics Survey is now open!
Congratulations to the Early Birds!
For this year's FY2017 survey, PSP offered an Early Bird deadline of April 28 coinciding with Preservation Week. Submissions before this deadline were automatically entered into a drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards. This year's winners are:
- University of Florida- Fletcher Durant, Preservation Librarian
- ZSR Library, Wake Forest University- Craig Fansler, Preservation Librarian
- Case Western Reserve Library - Andrew Mancuso, Preservation Officer
- CUNY Graduate Center- Stephen Klein, Digital Services Librarian
Thank you to everybody who has participated in the survey. Your participation and the data you provide is important to the Preservation community. We appreciate the time and commitment it takes to compile and submit it.
The FY2015 Preservation Statistics Survey Report (.pdf) provides analysis of the survey results from 2015.
Download the full FY2015 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx) and the Total Library Expenditure (TLE) scaled data for 2012-2015 (.xlsx), helpful for tracking trends over time while accounting for the varying respondent pool. See “Using the Survey Data to Track Long-Term Trends” in the FY2015 Report for an additional explanation of how TLE is used in our analysis.
The FY2014 Preservation Statistics Report (.pdf) provides analysis of the survey results, including examinations of trends in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions from 2000-2014.
Download the full FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey data set (.xlsx) and the Total Library Expenditure (TLE) scaled data for 2012-2014 (.xlsx), helpful for tracking trends over time while accounting for the varying respondent pool. See “Using the Survey Data to Track Long-Term Trends” in the FY2014 Report for an additional explanation of how TLE is used in our analysis.
Download the FY2014 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2014 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.
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 FY2013 survey questionnaire (.pdf) and the FY2013 Instructions and Definitions document (.pdf). Check out the FY2013 Preservation Statistics worksheet (.xlsx) that helped track and calculate statistics.
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).
In the spring of 2015, Kara McClurken, then Chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), surveyed the preservation community to better understand how we are using data from preservation metrics. Broadly defined, preservation metrics include national efforts such as this Preservation Statistics Survey and the Heritage Health Information 2014 survey, as well as local data gathering efforts within institutions and at the regional level within consortiums. Please see the results of the Preservation Metrics Survey presented at the PARS Forum at ALA Annual 2015.
Preservation Statistics is a project of the Preservation Standards and Practices Committee of PARS. Contact survey coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.