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City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

“Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by ICMA (the International City/County Management Association), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public Library Association (PLA).” (via ALA)

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Innovative survey finds online library access ‘most important’

“Innovative has announced the publication of survey results from more than 4,000 library users at seven academic libraries in the UK. ‘We Love the Library, but We Live on the Web’ – which centres around how academic library users view online resources and services – reports on how online users interact with library-related services and what the key challenges are for libraries to meet these expectations. The study found that user behaviours and attitudes are increasingly uniform and that the ‘digital-native’ is no longer a subset of library users. Although most access online library resources in the library, users see access from anywhere – on any device – as the ‘most important’ consideration.” (via Research Information)

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A new read on Salt Lake City library: It’s now a great place to work

“Three years after its embattled director resigned amid an employee uprising, the Salt Lake City Public Library now ranks as one of the best places to work along the Wasatch Front. So, too, does the Salt Lake County Library System, according to a survey by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. When former Salt Lake City Library Director Beth Elder stepped down in October 2011, staffers were both rebellious and demoralized. But this past summer’s employee survey lists the city library system 15th among midsize companies of any stripe — whether public, private, nonprofit or governmental.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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A new way of looking at public library engagement in America

“We recently released our latest report, a typology of public library engagement in America. Using the data behind our previous report on how people value libraries in their communities, this typology divides Americans into nine groups that reflect different patterns of public library engagement along a general spectrum of high, medium, low, and non-engagement.” (via Pew Internet Libraries)

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Preview of FY 2011 Public Libraries Survey Available

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has made available a preview of the Fiscal Year 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Survey. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the Public Library Survey gathers data from more than 98 percent of public libraries across the country. In FY 2011, there were 8,956 public libraries in the United States, which served 299.9 million people or 95.3 percent of the U.S. population.” (via IMLS)

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