International Research Library Benchmarks, 2017 Edition

Jan 2017| PRG069B| Primary Research Group

Report Highlights

This 227-page report presents a range of data and commentary about the operations and plans of 30 corporate, legal, government and academic research libraries. The voluminous study looks at library personnel and spending plans in a broad range of areas including but not limited to: open access and repositories, 3D Printing, RFID, eBooks and print books, databases and journals, specialized technology labs and group study rooms, and more.

The study also looks at recent capital budget spending and at planned spending, honing in on specific items such as information technology, energy saving technology, special rooms and instruction centers, and building rennovations and repairs. The study also looks at trends in grant support and personnel decisions in a plethora of areas such as: digitization, Information technology, special collections, technical services, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, information literacy, cataloging, data curation, reference, subjects specialists, website staff and much more.

Some of the survey participants are: Ashland Inc., Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Research Libraries, Fox Rothschild LLP, Haynes and Boone LLP, Monash University Malaysia, NSW Health. QNL, Saint Louis University, The American University in Cairo, The Australian National University Library, The Rockefeller University, University College Dublin, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Missouri, University of Western Australia, Marquette, Waters Corporation and Yale. 

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