Peer Comparisons

Comparison Charts

ULG Group
• ACRL Model Group
To determine the adequacy of its collections, one method the Baylor University Libraries employs is to look to other academic libraries of a similar size. We belong to the University Libraries Group (ULG), a group of comparable, mid-sized university libraries currently consisting of 22 institutions. A peer comparison using the ACRL 2004 Academic Library Trends and Statistics survey results shows Baylor in good standing to this peer group. 16 out of 22 ULG institutions submitted data in this survey. Within the institutions that reported data, Baylor placed:
• 2nd in Volumes in Library
• 8th in Monographs Purchased
• 4th in Serials Purchased
• 3rd in Microform Units
• 1st in Computer Files
• 4th in Archives and Manuscripts
• 3rd in Cartographic Materials
• 3rd in Graphic Materials
• 1st in Audio Materials
• 2nd in Film and Video

Comparing results from the 2004 ACRL survey with another peer group Baylor University aspires to results in the following data. 17 out of 21 institutions submitted data in this survey. Within the institutions that reported data, Baylor placed:
• 5th in Volumes in Library
• 8th in Monographs Purchased
• 6th in Serials Purchased
• 6th in Microform Units
• 3rd in Computer Files
• 5th in Archives and Manuscripts
• 5th in Cartographic Materials
• 5th in Graphic Materials
• 1st in Audio Materials
• 3rd in Film and Video

Another tool used the Baylor University Libraries to determine the adequacy of its collections is OCLC's WorldCat Collection Analysis Service. This service provides statistical information on the libraries' collections by publication date, subject, language, format and audience. It also allows us to compare Baylor's holdings to those of all OCLC libraries, and to the holdings of selected groups of libraries. The Collection Development Librarian and all Librarian Consultants have access to this tool.