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OCLC Report: FRL Executive Summary

Thanks Karen! While I wait for my hard copy to arrive, I really appreciated this post:


The general public respondents are more likely to have used a social networking or social media site (28%) than to have searched for or borrowed items from a library Web site (20%). [What! Is this report suggesting social networks might be more visible, available, and engaging than library catalogs?]

The percentage of Internet users that have used a library Web site has decreased. Library Web site use declined from 30% of respondents in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. in 2005 to 20% of the general public in these same countries in 2007, a 33% decrease.

My friends use the same site (66%) is the top criteria in using a social networking site. [This statistic feels almost over-obvious. You’d be lonely if your friends weren’t there, right?]

The bit about the library Web site intrigues me. OCLC's Perceptions showed us that 1% of information seekers start at the library Web site. Put those two findings together and we really can make the case for exploring other ways to put library resources out there in the social fray.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the report!


Jenny also shares some interesting background here:


Helene too: http://www.librarybytes.com/2007/10/on-privacy-trust-social-networks.html


I looked at the statistics from the 2005 and 2007 OCLC reports on college students use of the library web site---it has dropped over 50% in the last two years. (!)

I posted more details on this here: http://www.personal.psu.edu/esc10/blogs/E-Tech/2007/10/the_state_of_the_library_web_s_1.html

This OCLC report is a goldmine for statistical information about internet use. For example, only 22% of respondents aged 50+ have used their library website, but 31% of them have read blogs! I discussed these older adult statistics and their relevance for libraries in a blog post:

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