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CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users

CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.  It is available in pdf format only at  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub161.


This report is the second of two volumes published by CLIR that focus on participatory design. The first, Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: Methods, Findings, and Implementations, was published in October 2012.

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Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users

Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change...

 

Library Journal releases its groundbreaking publication on Who Uses Libraries and Why.  The first Issue Library Patrons and Ebook Usage is now available:

 http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

 

Read more here:  http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/library-patrons-and-ebook-usage/

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The rise of e-reading

The rise of e-reading | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project today released the first comprehensive examination of U.S. adult reading habits since e-books have come to prominence.

 

Among its key findings are: 21% of Americans have read an e-book; 78 percent of adults read a book in the past year, and 14 percent of these readers borrowed their last book from our nation’s libraries.  The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

 

Of great concern, though, are findings that there is a significant gap in those who have read an e-book in the last year versus those who did not based on level of education and income.  ALA and libraries are tackling this concern on several fronts.  Read more on ALA's response to the Pew report here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-president-responds-new-report-rise-e-reading?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=american+libraries+magazine

 

For more of the summary of findings, go to:  http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/

 

Download the Pew report here:  http://libraries.pewinternet.org/files/legacy-pdf/The%20rise%20of%20e-reading%204.5.12.pdf

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The Shock of the Old | Peer to Peer Review (on Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Library Services)

The Shock of the Old | Peer to Peer Review (on Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Library Services) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Libraries were built on the principle that the advancement of knowledge depends on a disinterested search for meaning, not profits, and that sharing is essential for that search. Libraries have always been a demonstration of the wealth of networks. Now that the networked world has caught up, libraries could serve as a model for sharing knowledge in a way that advances us all."

 

What is described in "Redefining the Academic Library", a report released last month by the Education advisory Board,  may not sound too startling. We knew years ago that we couldn’t possibly build libraries big enough to house all the stuff our users want access to right now.  But the value of this report is it's worth sharing with academic officials and faculty who should know what libraries are going through, and where they are going.  Llibraries are caught between print and digital.  But the real conflict today is between sharing, something libraries have always done, and not sharing.

 

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Library Link: Redefining the Academic Library | Learning at the Library

Library Link: Redefining the Academic Library | Learning at the Library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Since the rise of the web, the future of the library has been in debate. Recently, the popularity of e-books and online access to research materials have been drawing attention and causing some uneasiness among publishers, libraries, and professionals of all sorts that use or are employed by them....The report has a handy list of its top findings, most of which will come as no major surprise to practicing academic librarians who keep an eye on trends."

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A SNAPSHOT OF PRIORITIES & PERSPECTIVES: U.S. Academic Libraries

OCLC conducted a member survey to understand librarians’ top priorities, current key initiatives, thoughts on service and top methods for keeping current on happenings in the library field.

 

These reports detail findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in mid-2011 to learn about their priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service points and the sources they use to keep up with developments in the library field.

 

See other reports in the Priorities & Perspectives series for libraries in Germany | Netherlands | UK here:

 

http://www.oclc.org/reports/uk-libraries/214758ukb-B-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-UK-public-web.pdf

 

http://www.oclc.org/reports/de-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Deutschland.pdf

 

http://www.oclc.org/reports/nl-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Nederland.pdf

 

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The Emerging and Future Roles of Academic Libraries

The Emerging and Future Roles of Academic Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Libraries are actively reinventing themselves for the digital age. Confronted with corrosive budgets, skyrocketing costs, and challenged by a fear of obsolesce resulting from the accelerating rate of technological change; libraries are struggling for their survival. For the academic library — the “heart” of the modern research university — survival requires demonstrating their value in new ways, embedding themselves deeper into the university’s core functions of teaching, learning, and research.

 

The combined 30 scenarios presented by ARL and ACRL in their separate reports describe the potentially hostile, but promising world for academic libraries in the next 20 years. The three most common themes throughout all of the scenarios: the impact of technology, the changing informational and infrastructural needs of their users, and the challenges to creating novel funding sources to combat acute budget shortfalls present real opportunities for leadership on the part of library administrators.

 

Read more here: http://www.educationfutures.com/2011/03/28/the-emerging-and-future-roles-of-academic-libraries/

 

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Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. OCLC Reports

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. OCLC Reports | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Library information provider OCLC Research has released two reports on 'Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums'. Part 1 provides an overview of social metadata to enable cultural heritage institutions to better utilize their users' expertise and enrich their descriptive metadata to improve their users' experiences. Part 2 (Survey Analysis) analyses the results from a social metadata survey that focused on the motivations for creating a website, moderation policies, staffing and site management, technologies used, and criteria for assessing success. The upcoming third report will provide recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums as well as the factors contributing to success.

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Top 10 Reports on Academic Libraries and End User Trends from ...

Top 10 Reports on Academic Libraries and End User Trends from ... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In order to pave the way for a fresh start in 2012 and to spearhead some creative thinking, idea generation and planning for the coming year, here are some of the most important academic library and user trends research reports...

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