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This document presents data from 118 U.S. and Canadian research libraries that were members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) during the 1997-98 fiscal year. Since 1987-88, the number of preservation programs managed by a preservation administrator has grown irregularly from 66 to around 80 in more recent years. A fluctuating growth in preservation expenditures and staffing across the ARL membership accompanied this development. Preservation expenditures rose in 1997-98 by slightly more than three percent from the previous year, continuing the leveling off that has occurred for the past five years of data. Preservation expenditures for ARL's 118 reporting member libraries as a whole were $83,340,852 in 1997-98. Total preservation staff increased slightly to 1,825 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in 1997-98 from 1,742 in 1996-97. Level 1 conservation treatment remained at approximately the same levels as the previous year, whereas Level 2 and Level 3 increased. Microfilming activity, measured in volumes, declined for the third year in a row. External funding for preservation activities has been reduced at an average annual rate of 10 percent, from a high of $11,090,547 in 1992-93 to a low of $6,621,220 in 1997-98. In 1997-98, ARL libraries in the aggregate reported that preservation expenditures from external sources fell by 10 percent from the previous year. Grant funds were expended predominantly on preservation microfilming projects. Analysis of core data for all reporting libraries is provided in the "Introduction" for the areas of: organizational structure; personnel; expenditures; conservation treatment; and preservation reformatting. The data contained in the "Library Data Tables" that follow are descriptive indices of preservation activities in research libraries, including preservation staffs, expenditures, and productivity. Those using the "Statistics" to compare activities in individual institutions need to consult the definitions used in the instructions to the "ARL Preservation Statistics Questionnaire, 1997-98" and the "Footnotes" section, provided at the end of the document. An appendix lists ARL member libraries. (AEF)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Library Administration, Library Expenditures, Library Personnel, Library Statistics, Library Technical Processes, Preservation, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Statistical Data, Tables (Data)

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Author: Blixrud, Julia C., Comp.; Hipps, Kaylyn, Comp.; Kyrillidou, Martha, Comp.; O-Connor, Michael, Comp.


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