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ICSTI: news items

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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 08:35:26 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Statistics on Electronic Library Resources

The [US] Association of Research Libraries has been publishinbg what they call
their "Supplementary Statistics" from Member libraries since 1995. The 2000-01
data has just been published. The highlights:


• Expenditures for Electronic Resources account for 16.25%, on average, of ARL
institutions’ Library Materials Budgets.
• ARL libraries reported spending more than $132 million on electronic
• ARL libraries reported a total of $14.66 million in additional funds spent 
on their
behalf through a centrally funded consortium for purchasing electronic 
and services.
• ARL libraries reported spending more than $12.6 million on document
delivery/interlibrary loan services.
• Expenditures for electronic serials have increased by 75% in the last two 
alone, and by almost 900% since they were first reported, in 1994-95.
• In every year since 1992-93, average expenditures on electronic resources 
increased at least twice as fast, and in some cases up to six times faster, 
average library materials expenditures

The first highlight is in my view one of th most interesting. It goes against 
general 'feeling' that electronic materials are taking over..... However the 
highlight, on consortium buying, is also interesting as is the data on 

The full report (pdf) is at: http://www.arl.org/stats/pubpdf/sup01.pdf

Subject: Review of peer review

The [UK] Royal Society is to launch a wide-ranging consultation among 
the media, and the public next month, into the best way to communicate the
results of original research. In the spotlight will be an issue central to the 
of science-the peer review process.

More details: http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20030721/02


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