Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, PhDSchool of Library & Information Science        Wayne State University        Detroit, Michigan...
 The Library System in Romania   National Libraries      The National Library of Romania      The Library of the Roman...
Volumes         Registered Users     Volumes Checked Out      Type of Library & Year         Libraries                    ...
% of Change in Higher Education Between 2005 and 2010 (Fig. 1)        2.0%                                                ...
% of Change of Library Statistics Between 2005 and 2010 (Fig. 2)30.0%                                                     ...
 [+] Some Progress: Modernization process on multiple fronts:   New locales purposefully built to serve as libraries   ...
   [-] Room for Improvement:       More responsibility and involvement from the funding agencies/overseeing bodies     ...
Hermina G.B. AnghelescuSchool of Library & Information Science        Wayne State University          Detroit, Michigan   ...
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Bibliotecile Românești în prima decadă a mileniului: o scurtă privire statistică
Romanian Libraries during the First Decade of the Millenium: A Brief Statistical Overview
Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
presented at the 6th International Congress on Romanian Studies 2-4 July 2012, Sibiu, România

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Romanian Libraries during the First Decade of the Millenium: A Brief Statistical Overview

  1. 1. Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, PhDSchool of Library & Information Science Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan, USA ag7662@wayne.edu
  2. 2.  The Library System in Romania  National Libraries  The National Library of Romania  The Library of the Romanian Academy  The National Pedagogical Library  The National Military Library  Academic Libraries  School Libraries  Special Libraries  Public Libraries [Alarming] Statistical Data  based on the Romanian Statistical Yearbook Conclusion
  3. 3. Volumes Registered Users Volumes Checked Out Type of Library & Year Libraries (thousands) (thousands) (thousands)National Libraries 2005 4 20,601 43 867National Libraries 2010 4 21,053 46 665National Libraries % of Change 0.0% 2.2% 7.0% -23.3%Academic Libraries 2005 106 24,582 614 12,418Academic Libraries 2010 100 24,913 559 9,098Academic Libraries % of Change -5.7% 1.3% -9.0% -26.7%Special Libaries 2005 846 16,313 163 1,403Special Libraries 2010 589 10,334 88 1,743Special Libraries % of Change -30.4% -36.7% -46.0% 24.2%School Libraries 2005 8,585 63,174 2,276 23,628School Libraries 2010 8,300 67,448 2,108 22,524School Libraries % of Change -3.3% 6.8% -7.4% -4.7%Public Libraries 2005 2,914 49,710 1,881 32,409Public Libraries 2010 2,836 49,681 1,632 24,294Public Libraries % of Change -2.7% -0.1% -13.2% -25.0%Total of All Libraries 2005 12,455 174,380 4,977 70,725Total of All Libraries 2010 11,829 173,429 4,433 58,324Total of All Libraries % of Change -5.0% -0.5% -10.9% -17.5%
  4. 4. % of Change in Higher Education Between 2005 and 2010 (Fig. 1) 2.0% 800,000 0.9% 700,000 0.0% 600,000 -2.0% 500,000 -4.0% 400,000 -5.4% 300,000 -6.0% -6.1% -5.7% 200,000 -8.0% 100,000 -9.0% -10.0% - Universities Students Faculty Libraries Library users2005 107 716,464 31,430 106 614,0002010 108 673,001 29,746 100 559,000% of Change 0.9% -6.1% -5.4% -5.7% -9.0%
  5. 5. % of Change of Library Statistics Between 2005 and 2010 (Fig. 2)30.0% 24.2%20.0% 10.0% 7.0% 6.8% 2.2% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0% National Libraries -0.1% -2.7% -0.5% -4.7% Academic Libraries -5.7% -3.3% -5.0%-10.0% Special Libraries -9.0% -7.4% -10.9% -13.2% School Libraries-20.0% Public Libraries -17.5% -23.3% Total of All Libraries -25.0% -26.7%-30.0% -30.4% -36.7%-40.0% -46.0%-50.0% Libraries Volumes Registered Users Volumes Checked Out
  6. 6.  [+] Some Progress: Modernization process on multiple fronts:  New locales purposefully built to serve as libraries  Opening of collections  Librarians participating in continuing education programs  Biblionet, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 28 million USD; 2,000/2,836 public libraries equipped + 1,000/4,500 public librarians trained
  7. 7.  [-] Room for Improvement:  More responsibility and involvement from the funding agencies/overseeing bodies  Librarians, Information specialists & Library Leaders need to become more responsive to join efforts in order to:  Reach common ground towards creating a national shared online catalog  Coordinate at the national scale disparate digitization efforts that occur locally  Develop databases with local content  The Key: C3=Communication; Collaboration; Coordination  Library infrastructure  Librarians’ training and their exposure to practices in the West  Librarians’ change of attitude towards their constituencies  Professional commitment and leadership corroborated with substantial financial support from  Library associations to join forces & speak with one voice towards common goals  Library and Information Science education at western standards  Coherent national program to support & promote library development  National library development strategy (short and long term)  Rethinking the library’s mission in Romania’s society (shift from repository “biblioteca templul cartii” to an active information center focused on providing customer-oriented services and on promoting the principles of Information Literacy)
  8. 8. Hermina G.B. AnghelescuSchool of Library & Information Science Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan Email: ag7662@wayne.edu
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