Research and Markets
has announced the addition of the “Survey
of Academic Library Subject Specialists: Political Science, Public and
International Affairs” report to their offering.

This report examines academic library purchasing policies in public
affairs and political science/government with data based on a sample of
60 academic libraries in the United States and abroad. Comprehensive
data details the budgetary allocations for political science and related
departments over the past two years as well as projected budgets for the
coming year, including itemized spending on print books, ebooks,
databases, and scholarly journals and special allocations from
endowments and grants.

Academic Library Survey Includes Political Science, Public and International Affairs 3

The 77-page report answers these questions and more, with benchmarking
data broken out by enrollment size, type of institution, and budgetary

Just a few of the report’s many findings were that:

  • 79.41% of libraries in this survey have a specific budgetary
    allocation for political science and/or related subjects including
    government and public affairs.
  • Research universities will spend a mean of $ 16,953 on political
    science books, while MA and PHD granting institutions will spend a
    mean of just $ 2,550.
  • Libraries in the sample had a mean of 50.56 distinct subscriptions to
    journals that charge a subscription fee in 2010 and a mean of 53
    subscriptions in 2011, some with as few as 6, others with as many as
  • Among libraries in the sample, open access journals account for about
    12.46% of total journal use in political science

Some of the Sources/Contributors include:

  • Aalborg University
  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Brunel University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Cecil College
  • Dalhousie University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Emory University
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Purdue University
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Sacramento State
  • St. Mary’s University
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of the Pacific
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington State University
  • Washington State University, Pullman