LISU is pleased to announce publication of the latest Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey report, describing in detail how UK public library services are faring and their plans for the future.
The series, which is now sponsored by Nielsen BookData, provides an independent and objective overview of UK public library resource utilisation.
Details of actual expenditure for 2004-05 and 2005-06 are presented alongside the original estimates for 2005-06 and the latest 2006-07 budget estimates for individual library authorities. Summary tables cover total library expenditure, total materials expenditure, expenditure on books and on audio-visual materials, professional and total staff, number of service points and opening hours. There is a detailed commentary giving sector totals, with tables showing the percentage changes from year to year. Based on an extensive questionnaire survey, it is available within six months of the start of data gathering, and this year has a response rate of 79%.
Key findings from this year's survey include:
- Total library expenditure in the UK rose by 5.0% in 2005-06; the sixth consecutive increase
- Total materials expenditure in the UK was largely unchanged at £112,851,000
- Audio-visual expenditure showed a slight increase of 0.2% for the UK as a whole in 2005-06
- Book expenditure showed a slight decrease of 0.2% for the UK as a whole in 2005-06
- Total staff numbers rose by 0.4%, but there was a decrease of 2.7% in professional staff
- There was a 0.8% increase for the UK overall in the number of hours that service points are open
Library managers, the book trade, academics, policy makers and other interested parties all need reliable and up to date statistics. The Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey is an important source which takes the pulse at several important pressure points of the entire UK public library system. This volume of extensive and detailed data is a useful management, marketing and study aid.
The report is available to download free of charge.
Print copies are also available at £35.25
(ISBN 13: 978-1-905499-08-3; ISBN 10: 1-905499-08-6; A4)
LISU, Loughborough University, Leics LE11 3TU.
Tel: 01509 635680, Fax: 01509 635699, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and through TeleOrdering.
Note to Editors
For further information contact
Claire Creaser, Deputy Director and Senior Statistician, LISU, Holywell Park,
Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3TU. Tel: 01509 635682,
LISU is a national research and information centre based in the Research School of Informatics and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. LISU comprises a team of experienced Information Managers, Statisticians, Researchers and Administrators focusing on the analysis, development, interpretation and dissemination of statistics, performance assessment measures and related management data as well as advising on their application and exploitation in the real situation. It has an established reputation as an independent authority in its field fulfilling a key role in supporting managers of information and library services amongst others.
Nielsen BookData (www.nielsenbookdata.co.uk) is the leading provider of comprehensive, enriched and timely bibliographic data worldwide. The company is wholly owned by VNU, one of the world's largest publishing and information companies. BookData provides a unique source of bibliographic data services to librarians, booksellers and publishers in 110 countries around the world. Under the brand Nielsen BookNet, it also provides value-added transaction services to the industry. Sister company Nielsen BookScan operates the world's only continuous retail monitoring service for English-language books. The group employs more than 150 staff in the UK; BookData Asia Pacific based in New Zealand and Australia collects data for the Asia Pacific market and is the leading provider of bibliographic services for the region.
VNU is a global information and media company with leading market positions and recognized brands in marketing information (ACNielsen), media measurement and information (Nielsen Media Research), business information (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Computing, Intermediair). VNU is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem, The Netherlands and New York, USA. The company employs 38,000 people. Total revenues amounted to EUR 4.3 billion in 2002. VNU is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam (ASE: VNU) stock exchange. For more information, please visit the VNU website at www.vnu.com
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