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D.C. public library system highlighted in Aspen Institute’s national report

“One of the District’s least highlighted gems is getting some national love. Tuesday, The Aspen Institute issued a report called “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The document is the work of the institute’s Communications and Society Program, which put together the Dialogue on Public Libraries to study how the facilities can be better equipped to deal with a rapidly changing information world. As it turns out, the District is doing pretty well in that regard.” (via The Washington Post)

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New report urges university libraries to reconsider their role in discovery

“As faculty members and students find new ways to locate scholarly research, a new report encourages college and university libraries to re-evaluate whether their efforts to connect users with content are money well-spent. The challenge comes from the nonprofit research organization Ithaka S+R, which promotes innovative forms of teaching and scholarly communication. In a report that builds on Ithaka’s annual library survey, Roger C. Schonfeld, program director for libraries, users and scholarly practices, asks university libraries to examine what he called one of the “linchpin issues” scholars face in their research: How can they find what they need, and how can libraries help them?” (via insidehighered)

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Understanding a turbulent world to develop library policy agenda

“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) releases the draft “Trends Report: Snapshots of a Turbulent World” (with Appendix I (pdf) and Appendix II (pdf)) to stimulate discussion about and ultimately inform a national policy agenda for the U.S. library community. A draft policy agenda will be developed for public comment through the Policy Revolution! initiative led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) with guidance from its Library Advisory Committee (LAC). “The speed of change related to technology and the linked policy dimensions is breathtaking. Similarly, library roles and demands are evolving, and so the library community’s national policy priorities need to be critically reviewed and realigned accordingly,” said OITP Advisory Committee Chair and LAC Ex Officio Member Dan Lee (via Direct Dispatch)

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OCLC Research work analyzing system-wide print library services and collections documented in new report

“Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections brings together the important work that OCLC Research has done for the community in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections. This body of work has established an evidence base that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and “above-the-institution” management strategies.” (via OCLC)

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Report Two of Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, Volume 4

“BISG’s Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading, powered by Nielsen Book Research and now in its fourth and final year, reveals an emerging consensus around e-books and maturing consumption patterns, with important implications for trade publishers and content creators and distributors.” (via BISG)

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AALL Issues Request for Law Library Value Report Proposals

“The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today issued
a request for proposal to commission a research-based report on the important role law libraries play in today’s legal community. When complete, the report should offer law librarians and the institutions and businesses they serve important metrics that can help them calculate the return on investment law libraries provide.” (via

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More than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012

“The good news: According to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than half of American adults read books for pleasure in 2012. The bad news is that the percentage of adults reading works of literature — in the NEA’s definition, novels, short stories, poetry or plays — has declined since 2008, returning to 2002 lows. Fifty-seven percent of American adults read one or more books not required for work or school in 2012 — that’s 128 million readers.” (via LA Times)

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New Report Highlights Roles of Libraries and Museums in Preparing Young Children for Success

“Libraries and museums are effective, but often overlooked resources in our nation’s effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to reading and powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months, according to a report issued today by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners, documents dozens of examples and 10 key ways libraries and museums are supporting young children. It provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources.” (via IMLS)

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Census Bureau Report Details Rising Internet Use and Shows Impact of Smartphones on Digital Divide

“While disparities in Internet use persist among racial and ethnic groups, smartphones appear to be helping to bridge the digital divide, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The findings are part of the latest Census Bureau report, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2011 [PDF], which provides analysis of computer and Internet use for households and individuals. The information comes from data collected as part of the Current Population Survey’s 2011 Computer and Internet Use Supplement, which was sponsored and funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The report also features a table that places users along a “connectivity continuum” and shows that a sizeable percentage of Internet users now make their online connections both inside and outside the home and from multiple devices.” (via U.S. Census Bureau)

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New ALA Supplement Looks at ‘Faustian Bargains’ of Digital

“Just weeks before the American Library Association annual conference, a new ALA-sponsored report, entitled Digital Content: What’s Next?, examines how libraries are evolving in the digital revolution, from e-books, to licensing, to developments in self-publishing. The supplement also details progress made by the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group. Contributors include Publishers Weekly contributing editor Peter Brantley, director of scholarly communication at Hypothes.is, whose piece, “The Unpackaged Book,” examines ways in which the “fundamental model of libraries, publishers, distributors, and books will need further re-engineering.” (via )

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