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KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee Libraries are among the top 20 publicly supported university libraries in recent national rankings as updates in services continue to make the library a vital resource on campus.

The Association of Research Libraries ranked UT Libraries
16th out of 68 publicly supported university libraries in the expenditures-focused index, a big jump from 27th in rankings released last year.

ARL ranked UT 31st out of all 113 ARL libraries in the expenditures-focused index, up from 47th.

“The most recent ARL rankings demonstrate the superior quality and excellence of the UT Libraries’ collections, innovative services and staff,” said Barbara I. Dewey, dean of libraries. “Campus support has ensured strong growth in print and digital collections needed for student and faculty success in teaching, learning and research.”

UT Libraries data reported to ARL were a combination of UT Knoxville, Law School, Preston Medical, UT Center for Health Sciences at Memphis and UTSI libraries.

The ARL rankings are for 2005-06 and were released to libraries in July. They will be published in the Chronicle of Higher Education this fall.

The expenditures-focused index is calculated based on total library expenditures, salaries and wages of professional staff, total library materials expenditures and the number of professional plus support staff.

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