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ReseaRch libRaRy tRends: a histORical pictuRe Of seRvices, ResOuRces, and spending
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SEPTEMBER 2012 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Figure 4. expenditures trends in aRl libraries, 1986–2011
Figure 4 shows that total library expenditures (unadjusted for inflation) returned to 2008 levels in 2011.
Operating and library materials expenditures increased while salaries continued to decline for the second
year in a row. The annual consumer price index (CPI), included in Figure 4, provides a comparative
reference for the increases in library expenditures.
-25%
25%
75%
125%
175%
225%
275%
325%
375%
425%
2010 2007 2004 2001 1998 1995 1992 1989 1986
Monograph
Expenditures
(+71%)
CPI
(+106%)
Operating
Expenditures
(+128%)
Total
Salaries
(+153%)
TOTAL
Expenditures
(+188%)
Library
Materials
(+302%)
Serial
Expenditures
(+402%)
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