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ARL library preservation statistics

From: Martha Kyrillidou <martha>
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 1996
ARL Preservation Statistics 1994-95
76 pages pbk, $65.00 (ARL members $35.00)
ISSN 1050-7442, June 1996

The Association of Research Libraries is pleased to announce the
release of the ARL Preservation Statistics 1994-95--the most
comprehensive compilation of data on preservation activities in
North American research institutions.  These data describe staffing,
expenditures, conservation, and preservation treatment as well as
microfilming activity.  This edition reports that preservation
microfilming activity in ARL libraries continues to grow.  In
1994-95, 173,646 volumes were preserved on microfilm in member
libraries, an increase of nearly 50,000 volumes from last year.  The
report also shows that 81 ARL libraries now employ a professional
preservation administrator; sixty-one of these are full-time.  The
overall majority of preservation officers report to senior library

External funding, especially from the National Endowment for the
Humanities, continues to play a significant role in preservation
programs, accounting for about 13% of the total preservation
expenditures of $79,164,226 for the 115 reporting member libraries.
Conservation efforts and staff numbers generally held steady or with
nominal increases.

The ARL Preservation Statistics provides a broad range of
quantitative data that are descriptive indices of preservation
activities in research libraries.  The data are also useful in
determining the organization of preservation units and the
components of preservation programs.  This report includes three
main sections: summary data tables, analysis of core data for all
reporting libraries, and analysis based on the size of collections.
The footnotes section included at the end of the report offers more
detail on individual preservation practices.

ARL Preservation Statistics is published annually by the Association
of Research Libraries and may be purchased through ARL Publications.
The Association of Research Libraries is a not-for-profit membership
organization comprising 120 libraries of North American research
institutions.  Its mission is to shape and influence forces
affecting the future of research libraries in the process of
scholarly communication.  ARL programs and services provide
equitable access to and effective use of recorded knowledge in
support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community service.

The Statistics and Measurement Program works to describe and measure
the performance of research libraries and their contribution to
teaching, research, scholarship, and community service.  The
Preservation and Collection Program supports efforts to develop,
maintain, and preserve research collections, both individually and
in the aggregate.  For additional information about this publication
or ARL Statistics or Preservation Programs contact:

    Martha Kyrillidou
    Program Officer for Statistics and Measurement
    martha [at] cni__org

    Jutta Reed-Scott
    Senior Program Officer for Preservation and Collections
    jutta [at] cni__org

or see: gopher://

Martha Kyrillidou
Program Officer for Statistics and Measurement
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, N.W.
Washington, D.C   20036
202-296-2296 ext. 139
Fax: 202-872-0884

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