eResource Special Interest Group Forming

Librarians and library staff members from all types of libraries are invited to be charter members of a new AzLA Special Interest Group. The eResource group proposes to plan and promote ways to learn about and share content-based online resources, including databases, ebooks and related content.

Common Issues & Goals:
• To share information on new and model e-content projects, platforms and tools, including both locally developed and commercially purchased.
• To share information on statewide e-content projects.
• To work together to develop resources to enhance the library users’ online experience.
• To further working relationships between all types of libraries around e-content.

• Host an annual, day-long eResources forum. The forum will include presentations and panels on research, trends, issues and the future of digital libraries.
• Host two webinars showcasing new e-content projects.
• Organize and sponsor an annual program at the AzLA conference, and hold an annual business meeting at the conference.
• Share information in the AzLA newsletter and through a listserv.
• Host quarterly Interest Group Council and Planning Meetings, which are open to all members.

To get started, we need to recruit at least 25 charter members, and officers – chair, vice chair, immediate past chair and recorder. As this is an AzLA group, members and officers need to be AzLA members.

If you’d like to be a charter member, are willing to be an officer, or would just like more information, contact Laura Stone, Digital Content Director, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State by email at or phone, 602-926-3469.

The Impact of Academic Libraries, 2012

The National Center for Education Statistics just released a new report: Academic Libraries: 2012, First Look.

Academic library patrons
Academic library patrons


  • Academic libraries loaned some 10.5 million documents to other libraries in fiscal year 2012 (table 1). Academic libraries also borrowed approximately 9.8 million documents from other libraries and commercial services.
  • The majority of academic libraries, 2,417, were open between 60-99 hours during a typical week in the fall of 2012 (derived from table 2). Another 595 academic libraries were open 100 or more hours per typical week and only 67 were open less than 40 hours per typical week.
  • In fiscal year 2012, academic libraries conducted approximately 28.9 million information services to individuals (table 3).


  • At the end of fiscal year 2012; there were 847 academic libraries that held less than 10,000 books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials including government documents and 223 academic libraries that held 1 million or more (derived from table 4).
  • In fiscal year 2012, academic libraries added 52.7 million e-books, resulting in total e-books holdings of 252.6 million units (table 5).


  • Academic libraries reported 85,752 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working in academic libraries during the fall of 2012 (table 6).
  • Academic libraries reported 30,819 other paid staff working during the fall of 2012 who accounted for about 36 percent of the total number paid staff in academic libraries (table 6).


  • Just over half of academic libraries, 2,023, had total expenditures of less than $500,000 in fiscal year 2012, while 1,104 academic libraries had total expenditures of $1,000,000 or higher (derived from table 7).
  • During fiscal year 2012, academic libraries spent about $3.4 billion on salaries and wages, representing 49 percent of total library expenditures (table 8).
  • Academic libraries spent a total of approximately $2.8 billion on information resources (table 9).
  • Of that, expenditures for electronic current serial subscriptions totaled about $1.4 billion.
  • During fiscal year 2012, academic libraries spent approximately $123.6 million for bibliographic utilities, networks, and consortia (table 10).

Electronic Services

  • In fiscal year 2012, approximately 77 percent of academic libraries reported providing library reference service by e-mail or the Web (table 11).
  • Less than half (43 percent) of academic libraries reported library staff digitizing documents in the fiscal year 2012 (table 11).

Information Literacy

  • Nearly three-quarters of academic libraries (71 percent) reported their institution has articulated student learning or student success outcomes in fiscal year 2012 (table 12).
  • During fiscal year 2012, about 55 percent of academic libraries reported that they incorporated information literacy into student learning or student success outcomes (table 12).

Virtual Reference

  • During fiscal year 2012, about three-quarters (75 percent) of academic libraries reported that they supported virtual reference services (table 13).
  • Almost one quarter (24 percent) of academic libraries reported that they utilized short message service or text messaging in fiscal year (table 13).

See the rest of the full report, including tables, here.