Library Budget Reports - 2017 Library Spending Plans
Libraries: At the Epicenter of the Digital Disruption - Special Libraries Edition

This is the definitive guide to special library spending and spending priorities for 2013-2014. Total budgets by category are reported, as well as past budget experience and forecast budgets for 2013-2014.  

Categories of spending include all major expenditures: staff, IT, print and electronic collections, operations, and more. An indispensible and brand new resource for strategic planning and budget proposals and presentations, the report includes data on special, corporate, foundation, professional, and government libraries. All information is supported by an extensive explanatory narrative by Unisphere Research analyst Joseph McKendrick.

 Key Findings from “Libraries: At the Epicenter of the Digital Disruption, Special and Government Agency Edition” include:

  • A majority of content and material being acquired by special libraries is now in digital format, the survey finds. Fifty-two cents of every budget dollar goes to either online databases and digital content collections or ebooks—now surpassing the amount of money spent on print materials.
  • There’s a clear shift from print to digital resources taking place among both special and government libraries. Among special libraries, adoption of or plans for cloud computing services have tripled since the first survey of this series was published?in early 2011. In addition, close to 50% of government libraries are now moving to cloud, a reflection of the government’s pro-cloud policies.
  • Implementing digital library resources isn’t just a technical project—the new services need to be sold to library users. Both special and government libraries have one clear priority this year: to concentrate on helping constituents take full advantage of the online and digital resources now becoming available. Most special and government agency libraries, however, do not have a formal, long-term vision of where they want to go.

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