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Library and Information Science : Special Topics

Libraries and librarianship for information professionals

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CRL's Academic Library Trends & Statistics -- Survey data from the latest ACRL edition.

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) -- Statisical reports some of which Drexel has cataloged individually

American Library Association -- Office for Research and Statistics

American Library Directory -- A classified list of libraries in the USA & Canada with annually updated personnel data & some statistics. (Trial access to online version is free with registration.)

Bowker Annual: Library and Book Trade Almanac -- The industry standard for tracking annual changes is book prices. Ref Z731 .A47

Institute of Museum and Library Services - Public Libraries Survey and the State Library Agencies Survey

National Center for Educational Statistics, Library Statistics Program -- Strong coverage of academic and school library collections, expenditures, services, and staffing survey results.

Public Library Data Service statistical report -- Ref Z731 .P94x (1988 - 2009)

Salary Surveys:

ALA-APA Library Salary Database --ELECTRONIC

Various Reports --PRINT Includes librarians and library technicians.

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Ref Z682.3 .B54 -- PRINT

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Ref Z682.3 .A88x -- 

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Ref Z682.3 .S58x -- 

Professional associations often provide statistics via their web sites. Try our "guide to library associations" or search the Encyclopedia of Associations for more options.

Professional and Trade Associations

Professional and trade associations offer unique insider perspectives on the world of their membership with industry reports and member surveys you will not find elsewhere. Here is a representative list:


Specialized Library Associations

State & Locally-Based



Special Demographic or Technology Focus

Information Science and International