28 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 295 2018 historic lows. (See Figure 10.) Figure 10 Overall staffing is declining because lower-skill work is disappearing. I wrote about this phenomenon in a short piece based on the 2010 ARL Statistics, but it merits revisiting for having accelerated dramatically since then.5 Figure 11 illustrates that the decline in overall median FTE owes entirely to the student and support staff categories. Median student staffing is down 33% since 2000, with about one-third of that decline occurring in just the 2010–2015 period. The 27% decline among support staff in that period is only slightly less dramatic.
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