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Primary Research Group has published the Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: View of the Library Role in Providing Textbooks, ISBN 
978-157440-556-9
The report presents data and commentary about thelibrary role in textbook provision from a survey of 84 high level academiclibrary executives drawn from 53 colleges and universities, primarily from theUSA.  The study gives highly detaileddata on the extent of the library role in textbook provision, opinions of thelikely growth or retraction of the library role, as well as the library role inopen access textbooks and textbook substitutes. The study also gives precise data on the exact sums that libraries arespending on textbooks and how many enjoy special funding from collegeadministrations or academic departments for print, digital commercial or openaccess textbooks. About half of the sample are library directors and the restare predominantly deans and university librarians and their immediate associateor assistant officers, as well as major department heads and directors.  Data in the report is broken out by manycriteria including work title, age, salary level, gender and academicbackground of the survey participant, as well as Carnegie class, tuition,enrollment size, regional location and public/private status of the surveyparticipants’ college or university.  

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:
There were substantial differencesbetween public colleges and universities versus private ones.  Almost three times more public colleges anduniversities than private ones reported that the library was involved in textbookacquisition for students.  

Not a single research university in the sample expected thatthe library role in textbook provision would be reduced in the near future.
12.5% of junior college libraries sampled were receivingspecial disbursements from the college administration in order to more easilyafford to provide textbooks.
A PDF version of this 50-page report is currently availablefrom Primary Research Group and a print version at the same price will beavailable for shipment on December 21st 2018 and can be ordered now.  Site licenses are also available.  For a table of contents, excerpt and list ofthe institutional work affiliations of the survey participants view the productpage for this report on our website at:  

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