ACRL 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics now available

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski
Associate Director, ACRL

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2006

ACRL 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics now available

CHICAGO -The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has published the 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics series, available both online and in print.
This survey includes comprehensive data from 1,100 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. It covers collections, expenditures, electronic expenditures, personnel and public services (including Ph.D.s granted, number of faculty, undergraduate and graduate enrollment).

The 2005 survey also measures the use of electronic resources by academic libraries. The data cover electronic journals, reference sources, books, networked resources and services, and digitization activities.

"These data are especially useful for libraries seeking to benchmark their effectiveness in relation to their peer institutions as recommended in the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education," said Shawn P. Calhoun, chair of the ACRL Statistics Committee.

The three-volume survey is arranged by Carnegie classification including one volume with Associate of Arts degree-granting institutions, one with those in the combined Carnegie classifications of Master's Colleges and Universities, and Baccalaureate Colleges, and one with Research/Doctoral-granting institutions. The data also are available in an electronic version, with capabilities for searching and comparing select criteria.
Ordering information for both versions can be found on the ACRL Web site, (Click on Publications/Academic Library Statistics).

The volumes may be purchased individually or as a set. ACRL members receive a 10% discount on any purchase.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

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