ARL is changing the way it counts serials in the ARL Statistics Survey for the 2006-07 ARL Statistics survey. After many years of stability in the ARL Statistics definitions where serials were counted as subscriptions we are moving into a count of serials based on titles. In particular titles will be reported in a deduped count and with preference for the electronic format.
ARL has instructions with tracked changes available on the ARL website.
The revised instructions are placing emphasis on the content that we need to describe by focusing on titles rather than subscriptions. They are also emphasizing the electronic aspect as we move into a future where the availability of content electronically is becoming the dominant desire of our library users.
Please use this thread to ask questions, clarifications, and further the discussion on this topic.
Director of ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs
Association of Research Libraries