The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Preservation Statistics 2005-06, a compilation of data on the levels of preservation efforts in ARL member libraries throughout North America. Highlights from the report suggest that preservation expenditures are in a steady state. In 2004-05, 107 ARL libraries reported expenditures of $99,931,352. In 2005-06, 111 ARL libraries reported $8 million more spent, an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
The total number of preservation staff rose to just under 1,800 FTE, 5.4 percent more than in 2004-05. Since 1989-90, ARL libraries have reported more than 1,700 FTE devoted to preservation in every year but one. The number of volumes microfilmed, which spiked up over 200,000 in 2003-04 as a result of large projects at individual libraries, decreased, for the second year in a row, in 2005-06 to 154,857.
In addition, this publication provides more detailed information about preservation expenditures (including external funds), conservation treatment and preservation reformatting, administration of preservation programmes, and staffing patterns. More information about the ARL Preservation Statistics is available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/pres/.