About the Texas Academic Library Statistics

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has collected Texas academic library statistics in conjunction with the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) every other year. Survey year 1998 was an official IPEDS year, and the 1998 survey data submitted by Texas academic libraries to TSLAC was reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for inclusion in the IPEDS survey series. The 1998 IPEDS report, covering academic libraries nationwide, will be posted on the NCES website at www.nces.ed.gov.

TSLAC has also collected academic library data in years that are not official IPEDS years. This data is collected solely for the benefit of Texas academic libraries. Authority to gather and publish academic library statistics is found in the duty of the Texas State Library to "aid and encourage the development of and cooperation among all types of libraries, including public, academic, special, and other types of libraries" (Texas Civil Statutes, Government Code, Section 441.006(a)(2)).

Beginning with fiscal year 2000, the Academic Library Survey (ALS) is no longer an IPEDS survey but remains an NCES survey.

Purpose of the Survey:

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects these data periodically to obtain and report a comprehensive picture on the status of collections, transactions, staff, service per typical week, and library operating expenditures in postsecondary institutions. The survey is being conducted in compliance with the Center's mission "to collect, and analyze, and disseminate statistics and other data related to education in the United States..." (P.L. 103-382, National Education Statistics Act of 1994, Sec. 404(a)).

Uses of the Data:

Collection of these data over time will enable the nation to plan effectively for the development and use of postsecondary education library resources. Congress uses the data to assess the need for revisions of existing legislation concerning libraries and the allocation of Federal funds. Federal agencies need the data to evaluate and administer library programs. State education agencies and college librarians and administrators use the data for regional and national comparisons of library resources to plan for the effective use of funds. Finally, library associations and researchers use the survey results to determine the status of library operations and the profession.

1998 Survey form and definitions

Libraries included in 1998 survey data and directory:

The 1998 Texas Academic Library Survey includes data and directory information from all four-year public, four-year private, two-year, medical/health science, and law libraries that responded to the 1998 survey.

The directory has been updated with 1999 information and includes all libraries that responded to the 1999 survey. Further updates may be made to the directory as the 1999 survey data is finalized.

Missing data/Zeros in tables:

A zero (0) has been used when there is no data available. This may affect rankings and averages; please use caution in interpreting data.

There are fewer Derived Data tables available for Medical/Health Sciences and Law institutions than for other institutions.

Errors, corrections:

The data included here is the data that was reported to IPEDS for fiscal year 1998. To avoid having different numbers in different publications (ours and IPEDS), we will be unable to make content corrections to the data. Certain other types of corrections may be made as required and as time permits.

Search tips:

In the Directory Search, you may enter search criteria in any one, any two, or all three of the boxes. You may enter a single word (or part of a word), or a string of two or more consecutive words. The search will not retrieve the desired results if you enter two or more nonconsecutive search terms. The "Library" box will search by library name and also by institution name for any records containing the search string entered.

Searches allow single terms or search strings (consecutive search terms) only. For example, to locate the Directory entry for the Baylor University School of Nursing, you could type in "Baylor University School of Nursing" in the "Library" box to retrieve a single entry, or "baylor" to retrieve all directory records containing the name "Baylor" anywhere in the institution or library name, or "nursing" to retrieve all records containing the word "nursing" anywhere in the institution or library name. However, if you enter the search "baylor nursing" in the "Library" box, you will not find the record, because the two words are not consecutive in either the library name or the institution name. Likewise, a search for "a&m" will retrieve all A & M instititutions in the directory, but to find a particular location you may want to use "a&m" in the "Library" box and the location in the "City" box.

Contacts/Links:

If you have questions or comments regarding the Texas Academic Library Survey, please contact Kathleen Walls at kathleen.walls@tsl.texas.gov or at 512-463-5532.

Data for all academic libraries nationwide responding to the 1998 IPEDS Academic Library Survey will be posted on the NCES website at www.nces.ed.gov.

Kathleen K. Thompson provided web development for this online version of the Texas Academic Library Survey.

Page last modified: March 2, 2011