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Education Dept.’s Biennial Report Examines State of Academic Libraries

“Academic libraries lent about 10.5 million documents to other libraries in the 2012 fiscal year and borrowed some 9.8 million from their peers and commercial services during the same period, according to report released on Friday by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Department’s statistical arm.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Meet the Stats Master Making Sense of Wikipedia’s Massive Data Trove

“There are websites, and then there’s Wikipedia. The internet behemoth boasts 30 million articles written in more than 285 languages, tweaked by 70,000 active editors and viewed by 530 million visitors worldwide each month. As mountains of information go, it’s Everest. Teasing out trends from the open source encyclopedia’s archives is a task few would even attempt. Yet Erik Zachte did just that. Zachte used his statistical intuition to create “Wikistats,” an online statistics package that’s more than a trove of charts and graphs for data geeks. It’s the most direct measure yet of Wikipedia’s success in achieving its central objective: making the sum of all human knowledge available to everyone everywhere.” (via Wired.com)

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Press Releases More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,662. The projects were selected from more than 285 applications requesting a total of $37,977,530 and were awarded through three IMLS programs: the Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.Grantees are matching these awards with a total of $10,546,376 in non-federal funds.” (via IMLS)

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NISO Publishes Updated Metrics Data Dictionary for Libraries and Information Providers

“On July 29, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) released the fifth edition of the standard ANSI/NISO Z39.7, Information Services and Use: Metrics and Statistics for Libraries and Information Providers—Data Dictionary. The Z39.7 Data Dictionary assists the information community in the identification, definition, collection, and interpretation of statistical data used to describe the current status and condition of libraries in the US. The standard absorbs many of the de facto definitions established in various national surveys and data collection programs to provide a body of valid and comparable data on American libraries.” (via ARL)

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Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped

“If you have ever felt overwhelmed by the ubiquity of McDonald’s, this stat may make your day: There are more public libraries (about 17,000) in America than outposts of the burger mega-chain (about 14,000). The same is true of Starbucks (about 11,000 coffee shops nationally). “There’s always that joke that there’s a Starbucks on every corner,” says Justin Grimes, a statistician with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington. “But when you really think about it, there’s a public library wherever you go, whether it’s in New York City or some place in rural Montana. Very few communities are not touched by a public library.” (via The Atlantic Cities)

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In digital age, library finds difficulty attaching numbers to its value

“Librarians at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library have a problem unique to the modern age — attaching numbers to the myriad services the library provides across varied platforms. While library CEO Gina Millsap estimates that for every tax dollar provided to the library for operation, $4 in value is returned to the community in such terms as literacy and school achievement, she says that value is difficult to prove without numbers to back up those claims.” (CJOnline.com)

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[Kentucky's] Public libraries offer digital services and books

“Kentucky’s public libraries are providing new digital services along with books and other items at an unprecedented level, according to statistics compiled by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives KDLA from annual reports submitted by Kentucky’s 119 public library systems. Kentuckians checked out almost 20 million books from public libraries and bookmobiles in addition to more than nine million audio visual items in 2012, while welcoming almost 20 million visitors and serving many more through websites offering a wide range of services. Children’s services were used more than ever, with 8,282,762 children’s items circulated.  Attendance at children’s programs set a record at 1,269,546, an increase of 3.5 percent in 2012.”

via Lane Report

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New Findings Reaffirm Library Borrowers Are Also Buyers

“An extensive online poll of library e-book readers finds that these patrons purchase an average of 3.2 books (both print and e-books) each month, and a majority would consider purchasing books discovered on a library website. These e-book borrowers also report that their digital content purchases have increased in the past six months. Sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the survey constitutes the largest study of library eBook usage to date, with more than 75,000 people responding.”

via OverDrive

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Majority of Young Readers Still Use Libraries

“Some 80% of Americans ages 16-29 have read a book in the past year, and six in ten say they have used their local public library, but library attitudes among that age group are somewhat in flux, according to survey report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, with younger readers reporting that they are reading more in an “era of digital content,” and increasingly on their mobile devices, suggesting “opportunities of further engagement with libraries” later in life.”

via Publishers Weekly

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Print Is Still the Dominant Format for Canadians, Says New BookNet Canada Study

“Canadians still overwhelmingly prefer print books to e-books, says BookNet Canada’s new The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: Book-Buying Behaviour in Canada January to June 2012 report. The first edition of the report—available today—finds that 86% of Canadians still purchase print formats and 19% buy electronic formats. Only 7% buy both. Paperback formats remain the most popular, but hardcover books still account for 24% of all book purchases. This long-awaited study provides some much needed insight into consumer behaviour after some tumultuous times for the industry. The report also looks at where book purchases are made and why. It found that approximately 20% of print book purchases were made online (27.5% of all book sales were online, including mobile). But in-store purchases are still more prevalent: non-book retailers account for 32% of sales and traditional bookstores for 37%.”

via BookNet Canada

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