Presentation on theme: "Working together in difficult times: Challenges for academic libraries Sally Curry Research Information Network JIBS Conference York, 2 December 2010."— Presentation transcript:
Working together in difficult times: Challenges for academic libraries Sally Curry Research Information Network JIBS Conference York, 2 December 2010
Budgets and finance Searching for savings New strategies? Libraries and their value
Where and how to make cuts? Staffing Services Infrastructure Content
Staffing expenditure has risen in real terms by 31% in UK university libraries 45% in research- intensive universities highest as a proportion of expenditure (c 60%) in colleges significant differences between individual libraries (30%->70%) but academic staff and student numbers have risen faster
Staff, service and infrastructure Staff Doing more with fewer staff pressure from university management some thought being given to restructuring and re-engineering but recruitment freezes and not replacing staff who leave are the currently- favoured options Service Closely related to staffing – opening hours and enquiry services and user information skills training Infrastructure Many libraries already cutting plans in both building developments and in IT projects
Content As proportion of overall library expenditure, relatively stable at 34% highest in older universities: Expenditure on content in UK has risen 34% in real terms +52% in research-intensive universities -2% in new universities
Content: books expenditure on books has fallen, from c.12% to 9% of overall library expenditure power of the student voice in demanding books and other library services e-books the future?
Content: journals expenditure on journals has risen dramatically in research-intensive universities different picture for recently-created universities and colleges
Content: journals journal expenditure has risen on average from 15% to 19% of overall library expenditure over 24% in older universities >70% of expenditure on information resources in many universities sustainability vs users expectations future of big deals?
Cuts in content? cuts in monographs, other print books, and printed serials the most favoured cuts in e-journals and e-books least favoured
Content: new areas and activities information literacy how well is library-based training resourced and co- ordinated with others? open access repositories payment of open access publication fees data curation new skills and capabilities digital preservation
3. New strategies? opportunities to rethink what the library is and what it means….
New strategies for content? from just-in-case to just-in time? from librarian-controlled to user- generated acquisitions? from hybrid to e-only? drivers and constraints cyber-infrastructure? consortial collection development? cloud-sourced research collections? role of Special Collections?
Some issues with value it means different things to different people describing perceived value and demonstrating value are different activities available data correlation is not causation……..
Usage and cost as usage goes up, so cost per use has fallen downloads of e-jnls rose by 160% in UK - 2004 and 2008 250% in research-intensive universities cost per download fell by 40% 60% in research-intensive universities big differences between individual libraries
Expenditure and usage levels of expenditure in individual libraries do seem to correlate with volume of downloads two journal platforms and COUNTER figures as reported by libraries
Usage and outcomes usage correlates closely with research outcomes PhDs awarded research grants and contract income papers published
E-journal investment, use and research outcomes Investment drives use Direct links between use and research success weak as the two are distant from each other There are indicators that usage does correlate closely with research outcomes
References Challenges for libraries in difficult economic times. RIN in association with SCONUL http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/using-and-accessing- information-resources/challenges-academic-libraries-difficult- economic-http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/using-and-accessing- information-resources/challenges-academic-libraries-difficult- economic- Trends in the finances of UK higher education libraries 1999-2009 A RIN report based on SCONUL library statistics. http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/communicating-and-disseminating- research/trends-finances-uk-higher-education-libraries-1999 CIBER (2009) The economic downturn and libraries, survey findings www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/charleston-survey.pdf www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/charleston-survey.pdf Measuring library impact on learning at the University of Huddersfield, Sue White and Graham Stone. http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/7842/1/SCONUL_2010_white_stone.pdf http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/7842/1/SCONUL_2010_white_stone.pdf All the RIN reports and briefings are downloadable from the RIN website If you would like to be added to the RIN mailing list, please get in touch: email@example.com
RIN References Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives http://www.oclc.org/research/news/2010-10-27.htmhttp://www.oclc.org/research/news/2010-10-27.htm E-journals: their use, value and impact www.rin.ac.uk/use- ejournalswww.rin.ac.uk/use- ejournals Transitions in scholarly communication focuses on changes taking place in the world of scholarly communications and their impact on research http://www.rin.ac.uk/resources/publishing/transitions- scholarly-communicationshttp://www.rin.ac.uk/resources/publishing/transitions- scholarly-communications Scholarly books and journals at risk: Responding to the challenges of a changing economy www.rin.ac.uk/files/Scholarly_books_journals_at_risk.pdf www.rin.ac.uk/files/Scholarly_books_journals_at_risk.pdf All the RIN reports and briefings are downloadable from the RIN website If you would like to be added to the RIN mailing list, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org