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Libraries Crack the Top 50 in National Rankings

Date: May 14, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos by Dottie Stover and Shannah Cahoe
Archive: Research Archive

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University of Cincinnati Libraries have achieved the goal of reaching the Top 50 in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) rankings, moving into number 49 for the 2000-2001 academic year with a gain of three positions from the year before. The UC ranking is based on data from University Libraries, Medical Libraries and the Law Library.

The ARL considers five key factors in compiling its rankings each year:

  • Total number of volumes held (UC: 2,801,910)

  • Gross volumes added (87,282)

  • Current serials (33,778)

  • Total operating expenditures ($18,158,377)

  • Number of professional and support staff (187)

    "The UC Libraries have been successful in attaining the long-term goal of being positioned among the top 50 research libraries in the United States," says Victoria Montavon, dean and university librarian. "With the rank of number 49 for the year 2000-2001, we have reached an important milestone articulated by (former Dean) David Kohl and others, and supported by the Faculty Senate and the administration of the university for many years now. This is truly a group accomplishment, because it represents a complex blend of resources and staffing necessary to build the kind of research collections this ranking indicates." Studentsstudying at UC Libraries

    A comparison of the 2000-2001 data to 1995-96 shows UC moving up 12 positions and coming in third in the most positions moved, behind North Carolina State (24 positions) and Utah (14).

    In another comparison between the 1995-96/2000-01 rankings, four libraries moved into the top 50: UC, University of Kentucky (44), North Carolina State (32) and Utah (41).

    Harvard and Yale ranked 1 and 2 (respectively) for 2000-2001, a tradition for the past three years. Among the universities that UC led in the rankings are Vanderbilt (51), Dartmouth (66), M.I.T. (72) and University of Nebraska (78).

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