Survey of Academic & Research Library Journal Purchasing Practices

Survey of Academic & Research Library Journal Purchasing Practices

Author: Primary Research Group Staff

Publisher: Primary Research Group Inc

ISBN: 9781574401080

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 177

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). The study presents data about the journals acquisitions and management practices of an international sample of academic and research libraries. The study reports on a broad range of issues, including: spending trends, use of print vs. electronic access, purchases in “bundles”, purchases through consortia, the role of subscription agents, use and plans for use of open access, attitudes towards the pricing practices of a range of major journal publishers, sources of funding for journal purchases and relations with academic and administrative departments of library parent organizations, and the practical management of the journal acquisition process, among other issues. Just a few of the report's many findings are that: • The libraries in the sample acquired a mean of more than 46% of their journal subscriptions in bundles of more then 50 titles.• The libraries in sample canceled a mean of 53 journal titles in the past year.• Mean spending on print edition only subscriptions was $130,721, less than a sixth of total spending.• About a quarter of the libraries in the sample believe that open access has already slowed the increase in journal prices.• 15.56% of the libraries in the sample have paid a publication fee on behalf of an author from their institution.• For 42.22% of the libraries in the sample, all new subscriptions to journals include electronic access.• More than 64% of the libraries in the sample keep track of their various journal subscriptions through use of a commercial software product. • In general, subscription agents seem to enjoy a relatively high level of customer satisfaction. On the issue of timeliness of service, none of the libraries in the sample said that they were highly dissatisfied with their subscription agent and only 2.22% said that they were dissatisfied.• Non-academic research libraries have done more than their academic counterparts to make sure that contracts renew at the same time. Smaller institutions, those with journal budgets of less than $100,000 per year, were less likely to make such efforts than libraries with higher budgets.

Profiles of Best Practices in Academic Library Interlibrary Loan

Profiles of Best Practices in Academic Library Interlibrary Loan

Author: Paul Kelsey

Publisher: Primary Research Group Inc

ISBN: 9781574401226

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 111

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The study profiles the interlibrary loan efforts of nine leading American colleges: the University of Texas at Arlington, Tulane University, the University of Minnesota, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Brigham Young University, the University of Tennessee, Colorado State University, Oberlin College and Stony Brook University. The libraries interviewed shared their thoughts on a broad range of topics including but not restricted to: workflow management, productivity measures, departmental organization, budgets and spending trends, service to distance learning students, copyright and licensing issues, measures for special collections, automation and software use, use of institutional repositories and open access publications, shipping costs and procedures, and many other facets of academic interlibrary loan management. The purpose of the report is to define and diffuse best practices by profiling measures taken by nine leading institutions of higher education. Although the report contains much useful quantitative information, especially relating to budgets and employment, the focus in this report is on a journalistic narrative explaining departmental goals, procedures and practices and evaluating results.

The Survey of American College Students

The Survey of American College Students

Author: Primary Research Group

Publisher: Primary Research Group Inc

ISBN: 9781574401134

Category: Education

Page: 48

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This report presents approximately 70 tables of data exploring how full time college students in the United States view and use their college library¿s e-book collection. The data in the report is based on a representative sample of more than 400 full time college students in the United States. Data is broken out by 16 criteria including gender, grade point average, major field of study, income level of students and type, size of college, and mean SAT acceptance score of colleges, among other variables. The report is designed to give college librarians, educational researchers, publishers and others critical demographic information on the student use of college library e-book collections. Just a few of the report¿s many findings are that:¿30.42% of the students in the sample say that they have received any form of in or out of class training from a college librarian in how to use the library¿s e-book collection. ¿Only a sixth of students in colleges with a mean SAT score greater than 1950 say that they have received e-book collection training from college librarians. ¿Less than 17% of community college students found library e-book collections useful or very useful.

Academic Library Building Renovation Benchmarks

Academic Library Building Renovation Benchmarks

Author: Primary Research Group

Publisher: Primary Research Group Inc

ISBN: 9781574401103

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 149

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The report presents detailed data from 65 academic libraries about their completed, current, or planned library renovation projects. The study includes detailed data on capital spending, library redesign budgets, and spending on computer labs & infocommons, in-library classrooms, artwork, library furniture, carpeting and other flooring, and other elements of academic library renovations or new construction. Details construction preferences for architectural features such as atriums, landscaping, better access to restrooms and building entrances/exits, installation or expansion of library cafes, development of group work areas, better use of natural light, better soundproofing and other design features often sought in new academic library construction or renovation. Also explores the use of various renovation and building features designed to save energy. Other areas covered include student satisfaction with the library redesign, its impact on the use of library services, and governance issues over what campus groups guide and control the redesign. Data is broken out by size and type of library, and by libraries that have experienced recent renovation projects vs those that have not.

The Future of the Academic Journal

The Future of the Academic Journal

Author: Bill Cope

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 9781780634647

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 478

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The world of the academic journal continues to be one of radical change. A follow-up volume to the first edition of The Future of the Academic Journal, this book is a significant contribution to the debates around the future of journals publishing. The book takes an international perspective and looks ahead at how the industry will continue to develop over the next few years. With contributions from leading academics and industry professionals, the book provides a reliable and impartial view of this fast-changing area. The book includes various discussions on the future of journals, including the influence of business models and the growth of journals publishing, open access and academic libraries, as well as journals published in Asia, Africa and South America. looks at a fast moving and vital area for academics and publishers contains contributions from leading international figures from universities and publishers

Corporate Library Benchmarks 2009

Corporate Library Benchmarks 2009

Author: Primary Research Group Staff

Publisher: Primary Research Group Inc

ISBN: 9781574401097

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 97

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The study presents extensive data from 52 corporate and other business-oriented libraries; data is broken out by company size, type of industry and other criteria. The mean number of employees for the organizations in the sample is 16,000; the median, 1700. Some of the many issues covered in the report are: spending on electronic and print forms of books, directories, journals and other information resources; library staffing trends, number of library locations maintained and the allocation of office space to the library, disputes with publishers, allocation of library staff time, level of awareness of database contract terms of peer institutions, reference workload, and the overall level of influence of the library in corporate decision making. Just a few of the study's many findings are that: • Mean spending on salaries by the libraries in the sample was $206,906 in 2008. Libraries in the sample expect salary spending to increase modestly in 2009, to a mean of $215,148 in 2009, or by 4% in nominal terms. • 30.77% of libraries sampled said that their budgets had increased in 2008 while 21.15% said that they had decreased. Companies in oil/gas and pharmaceuticals accounted for many of those libraries that had increased budgets in 2008. • The libraries in the sample spent a mean of approximately $374,000 for content/materials in 2008.• Print resources accounted for a mean of 37.77% of the content budgets for the libraries in the sample. For U.S-based libraries this figure was 32% with a median of just 21%.• The libraries in the sample spent a mean of 117.2 hours reviewing contract terms from vendors of content licenses, through the median amount of time spent on this activity was only 30 hours.• 5.77% of the libraries in the sample report ever having threatened a publisher or information vendor with legal action over non-performance, contract abrogation or for any other reason.• Libraries in the sample expect to renew in the upcoming year 90.46% of their current licensing contracts for content.• Spending on ebooks by the libraries in the sample averaged $15,345, or about 45.5% as much as was spent on traditional books. • Most librarians in the sample report an increase in the number of reference questions posed to them over the past two years, and by a margin of more than 3:1 more say that such questions have increased than decreased. • More than 29% say that the library has become more influential in the organization's competitive intelligence research efforts, while close to 20% say that the library has become less influential in these efforts.

Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education

Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education

Author: David Unwin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470748565

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 497

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Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc&T) has been at the forefront of education innovation in geography and allied sciences for two decades. Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education is an invaluable reference for educators and researchers working in GISc&T, providing coverage of the latest innovations in the field and discussion of what the future holds for GI Science education in the years to come. This book clearly documents teaching innovations and takes stock of lessons learned from experience in the discipline. The content will be of interest both to educators and researchers working in GISc&T, and to educators in other related fields. More importantly, this book also anticipates some of the opportunities and challenges in GI Science and Technology education that may arise in the next decade. As such it will be of interest to chairs, deans, administrators, faculty in other subfields, and educators in general. Innovative book taking a look at recent innovations and teaching developments in the course provision of GI Science and Technology in higher education. Edited by leaders in the field of GISc&T who have been at the forefront of education innovation in GI Science and allied science subjects. Provides coverage of GISc & Technology in a range of institutional settings from an international perspective at all levels of higher education. An invaluable text for all educators within the field of GISc&T and allied subjects with advice from experts in the field on best practice. Includes coverage and practical advice on curriculum design, teaching with GIS technology, distance and eLearning with global examples from leading academics in the field.

Progressive Trends in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries

Progressive Trends in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries

Author: Patra, Nihar K.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781466647626

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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As physical collections go digital, the organizational procedures, budgets, and usage patterns of libraries must evolve to meet this change by identifying the various issues that are essential in understanding the management of e-resources. Progressive Trends in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries provides relevant theoretical and practical details from an international perspective on the current e-resources landscape. Through a detailed discussion of the specific aspects of e-resources management, this book is a useful source for library science faculty and students, academic librarians, research scholars, and IT professionals aiming to improve their understanding of the theoretical details, history, selection, acquisition, fair use and management of e-resources.