April 21, 2009
AALL's Economic Outlook Survey Results Now Available
Last month, AALL conducted a survey of law library directors to understand how the current economic crisis is affecting the profession. The results, based on a respectable 34 percent response rate, are now available for download here.
Here's a summary of the findings:
23 percent of law libraries have experienced staff reductions, the overwhelming number ranging from one to five full-time employees laid off
Nearly 20 percent of law libraries have eliminated vacant positions, and more than 63 percent have a hiring freeze in place at this time
Hardest hit have been the private law libraries; 30 percent have had staff reductions, and nearly 72 percent have a hiring freeze in place
Only about 10 percent of academic law libraries have reduced their staffs, but 45 percent have a hiring freeze in place
A little more than 15 percent of state, court, and county law libraries have experienced layoffs, and 57 percent have a hiring freeze
More than 60 percent of all respondents have already experienced budget cuts
Private law library budgets have seen the most cuts; nearly 73 percent have been cut, and about a quarter of respondents have seen cuts of 15 percent or more
Nearly half of academic law library budgets are so far untouched, and about 40 percent of state, court, and county law library budgets also have remained steady, but many anticipate cuts in the next fiscal year.
Hat tip to AALL Spectrum Blog. [JH]
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