Magazine article American Libraries

OCLC Survey Charts Information Perceptions

Magazine article American Libraries

OCLC Survey Charts Information Perceptions

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People are using libraries less and read less since they began using the internet, according to a June 2005 survey commissioned by OCLC of 3,300 English-speaking residents of the United States and five other countries. Borrowing printed books is the library service they use most often, and users perceive books as the library's brand, the study also showed.

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources is a follow-up to the organization's 2003 environmental scan (AL, Mar. 2004, p. 14), which was intended to serve as a reference document for librarians as they worked on strategic planning for their institutions.

Other survey findings include:

* Most information consumers are not aware of, nor do they use, most libraries' electronic information resources.

* College students have the highest rate of library use and make the broadest use of library resources, both physical and electronic.

* Only 10% of college students indicated that their library's collection fulfilled their information needs after accessing the library website from a search engine. …

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