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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 7. Number and percentage distribution of different types of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff at academic libraries across institutional characteristics, and number and percentage distribution of FTE across staff types within institutional characteristics, by control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fall 2008

Institutional characteristic Total number of libraries Total FTE staff1 Percent Librarians and other professionals
Other professional staff Other paid staff Student assistants
Total Librarians
  FTE Percent   FTE Percent   FTE Percent   FTE Percent   FTE Percent
All U.S. academic libraries 3,827 93,438 100.0   34,520 36.9   27,030 28.9   7,491 8.0   34,808 37.3   24,110 25.8
                                     
Control                                     
Public  1,576 56,019 60.0   20,021 21.4   15,666 16.8   4,355 4.7   22,425 24.0   13,572 14.5
Private  2,251 37,419 40.0   14,500 15.5   11,364 12.2   3,136 3.4   12,382 13.3   10,537 11.3
                                     
Level2                                     
Total 4-year and above  2,393 80,431 86.1   29,230 31.3   22,797 24.4   6,433 6.9   29,886 32.0   21,315 22.8
Doctor's  721 56,617 60.6   20,330 21.8   15,367 16.4   4,964 5.3   22,465 24.0   13,822 14.8
Master's  911 16,716 17.9   6,128 6.6   5,143 5.5   984 1.1   5,430 5.8   5,158 5.5
Bachelor's  730 6,572 7.0   2,550 2.7   2,093 2.2   456 0.5   1,823 2.0   2,200 2.4
Less than 4-year  1,434 13,007 13.9   5,290 5.7   4,233 4.5   1,058 1.1   4,922 5.3   2,794 3.0
                                     
Size (FTE enrollment)3                                     
Less than 1,000  1,455 6,692 7.2   2,971 3.2   2,331 2.5   640 0.7   1,488 1.6   2,232 2.4
1,000 to 2,999  1,136 14,630 15.7   5,552 5.9   4,534 4.9   1,018 1.1   4,509 4.8   4,569 4.9
3,000 to 4,999  475 9,298 10.0   3,625 3.9   2,955 3.2   670 0.7   3,259 3.5   2,414 2.6
5,000 to 9,999  405 14,665 15.7   5,419 5.8   4,443 4.8   976 1.0   5,636 6.0   3,610 3.9
10,000 to 19,999  238 20,625 22.1   7,127 7.6   5,541 5.9   1,586 1.7   8,660 9.3   4,838 5.2
20,000 or more  118 27,528 29.5   9,827 10.5   7,226 7.7   2,601 2.8   11,255 12.0   6,446 6.9
                                     
Carnegie classification2                                     
Doctoral/Research  275 44,539 47.7   15,868 17.0   11,736 12.6   4,132 4.4   18,309 19.6   10,362 11.1
Master's I and II  603 19,043 20.4   6,797 7.3   5,695 6.1   1,103 1.2   6,631 7.1   5,614 6.0
Baccalaureate  557 9,112 9.8   3,256 3.5   2,717 2.9   540 0.6   2,654 2.8   3,202 3.4
Baccalaureate/Associates  96 807 0.9   344 0.4   267 0.3   77 0.1   202 0.2   261 0.3
Associates  1,474 13,821 14.8   5,557 5.9   4,492 4.8   1,066 1.1   5,233 5.6   3,030 3.2
Specialized  645 5,577 6.0   2,368 2.5   1,891 2.0   478 0.5   1,702 1.8   1,506 1.6
Not classified  177 537 0.6   329 0.4   233 0.2   96 0.1   75 0.1   134 0.1
1 Full-time equivalent (FTE) staff is calculated by dividing the total number of hours for all part-time positions by the number of hours the library defines as a full-time position.
2 While "level" and "Carnegie classification" are similar, there is not complete overlap in the two classifications. "Level" refers to the highest level of any degree offered by the institution. The "Carnegie classification" is based on criteria such as institutional mission and research funding in addition to highest level of degree awarded. The Carnegie classification was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and published in A Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2005 Edition.
3 Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is calculated by adding one-third of part-time enrollment to full-time enrollment.
NOTE: The number of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's level institutions does not sum to the total number of 4-year and above institutions because there are 4-year and above institutions that grant "other" degrees and are thus not included in the breakdown. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), 2008.


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