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ARL library preservation statistics

From: Martha Kyrillidou <martha>
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 1995
The recently published ARL Preservation Statistics 1993-94 show that
preservation microfilming activity in ARL libraries continues to
grow, with 127,650 volumes preserved on microfilm last year.  The
report indicates a continued reliance on special grants or external
funds, such as grants from the National Endowment for the
Humanities, to carry out preservation microfilming activities.  In
1993-94 such grants accounted for 12% of the total preservation
expenditures for the 115 reporting institutions.  Additionally, over
the past six years, in-house microfilming production has steadily
declined while use of contract filming agencies has expanded.

Overall, the expansion of preservation programs that occurred
through the 1980's and into the early 1990's appears to be leveling
off. For example, the current data show only slight increases over
1992-93 in the area of total preservation expenditures ($77,674,363)
and the number of personnel involved in preservation activities
(1,900).  However, 92 out of 115 institutions report a full-time
preservation administrator in contrast to 86 in 1989-90.

The ARL Preservation Statistics provide a broad range of
quantitative data that are descriptive indices of preservation
activities in research libraries, including preservation staffs and
expenditures and productivity.  The data are also useful in
determining the organization of preservation units and the
components of preservation programs.  Preservation efforts in ARL
libraries encompass a diverse array of activities and there are
substantial differences in the nature of preservation work.  This
report includes 3 main sections: summary data tables, analysis of
core data for all reporting libraries, and analysis based on the
size of collections, as well footnotes that shed more detail on
preservation practices.

The ARL Preservation Statistics is an annual publication of the
Association of Research Libraries and is available for sale from

    ARL Preservation Statistics 1993-94,
    Association of Research Libraries
    Washington DC
    June 1995,
    ISSN 1015-7442,
    76 pages, pbk,

Ordering: Prepayment is required.  (ARL members may be billed.)
Payment must accompany order form.  Send order and payment, in U.S.
funds, to:

    ARL Publications
    Dept. #0692
    Washington, DC  20073-0692
    Fax: 202-872-0884

Visa and Mastercard accepted.  Federal ID number - 52-0784198-N.

Review Copies: Send requests for review copies to ARL Information
Services Coordinator, Patricia Brennan, (patricia [at] cni__org).

This publication has been priced at cost. Per Item Price:$65.00
($25.00 ARL members) All Orders Add Postage/shipping/handling *per
copy* as follows:

    Canada & USA $ 5.00(UPS ground/USPS 1st class)
    Europe/S.America$ 7.00  (USPS  Air-Mail)
    Africa/Asia/Australia$10.00  (USPS  Air-Mail)

For orders of 5 copies or more, please contact ARL for a quoted
discount. For additional Information:

    Patricia Brennan
    Information Services Coordinator
    Association of Research Libraries
    21 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC  20036
    202-296-2296 (phone)
    202-872-0884 (fax)
    patricia [at] cni__org

Martha Kyrillidou

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:18
                Distributed: Wednesday, August 23, 1995
                        Message Id: cdl-9-18-012
Received on Tuesday, 22 August, 1995

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