The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads – Academic Libraries Edition: The LRG Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans
Author: Joseph McKendrick
This is an in-depth sector report from Information Today Inc. – Learning Resource Guide on academic library spending and spending priorities for 2012. Data is reported on by size of the institutions’ full-time enrollment: fewer than 2,500; 2,500–5,000;5,000–10,000; 10,000–plus. More than 470 academic libraries report their total budgets by category, as well as past budget experience and forecast budgets for 2012. Categories of spending are broken down by library size and include all major expenditures: staff, IT, print and electronic collections, operations, and more.” This is a up-to-date resource intended “for strategic planning and budget proposals and presentations, all information is supported by an extensive explanatory narrative by Unisphere Research analyst Joseph McKendrick.
Information provided includes:
• Changes in library spending reported by full-time enrollment (FTE)
• Changes in budget by key spending areas
• Actions taken to manage or respond to budget cuts and freezes
• Areas seeing increased spending or support during the next year
reported on by FTE served
• Funding sources by FTE
• Consortia participation
• Changes in demand for print versus electronic resources
• Content acquisition as a percentage of budget by FTE
• Changes in spending by FTE served for IT and online subscriptions
• IT products in use and planned for acquisition during the next
year by FTE
• Priorities and challenges for the coming year by FTE”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.