Friday, January 28, 2011

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Perceptions of libraries, 2010: Context and community (Note: PDF)

From the OCLC website

This new OCLC report, a sequel to the 2005 ‘Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources’, provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention has been paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviours and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.
The report explores:
  • Technological and economic shifts since 2005
  • Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
  • How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
  • Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage
The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analysed and summarised the results in order to produce the report.

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