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What Do Faculty Need? Academic Library Resources and Services That Increase Research Productivity1
Ethelene Whitmire

Abstract This paper describes a theoretical model of the relationship between faculty research productivity and academic library resources and services and a proposed empirical study that will reveal which academic library resources and services contribute to increased faculty research productivity. Introduction According to the latest available figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Academic Library Survey (ALS), during the fiscal year 1998 the 3,658 academic libraries in the United States spent a total of $4.6 billion dollars on operating expenditures, held a total of 878.9 million volumes in their collections, and had 175.4 million circulation transactions (U.S. Department of Education, 2001). What is the impact of these figures on faculty research productivity? Higher education institutions have to make decisions about the allocation of limited funds among a number of programs. Academic library administrators need to be able to make a case to

Ethelene Whitmire is Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin (Madison), email:

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