Library Acquisitions Patterns, Report by Katherine Daniel, Joseph J. Esposito and Roger C. Schonfeld.
Researchers at ITHAKA S+R, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, conducted a study and released a recent report analyzing purchasing tends in two areas at US academic libraries. One area of the project relied on 2017 data from 124 libraries using Ex Libris’s integrated library system, ALMA, or OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS). A second area concentrated on print and e-book purchasing trends of 51 US academic libraries for fiscal years 2014 through 2017.
Two interesting findings from the 2017 report:
-On average, the libraries within the sample spent $3.61 million in 2017 and added 4,750 print books and 345 e-books acquired on a one-time, title-by-title basis
-Ongoing resource expenditures account for three-quarters of total materials expenditures with one-fifth going towards onetime purchases.
Two interesting findings from the 2014 to 2017 trend analysis:
-The average cost of an e-book in the sample rose by 35 percent between 2014 and 2017, while the cost of print books remained stable.
-GOBI and Amazon were the leading vendors of print books in the sample. GOBI was the leading vendor of e-books
With a mission to broaden access to higher education by reducing costs and improving student outcomes, ITHAKA S+R is a nonprofit organization that partners with a wide range of organizations in the academic community including foundations, universities, libraries, colleges, scholarly societies, publishers, as well as individual.
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