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CIPFA survey shows slight improvement in UK library situation
December 10, 2013 | 6:12 pm

The UK's Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), "the only professional accountancy body exclusively dedicated to public finance in the world," has just released the findings of a survey of the situation in the British public library sector which suggest that all the protests and loud objections against library closures have finally started to have an effect. According to the results, as detailed in the journal Public Finance, CIPFA found that only 74 libraries had closed during its 2012-13 survey period, versus 201 in the preceding year. Library visitor numbers also held up well, declining only 6 percent against...

Survey: Library Borrowers Buy Books Too!
November 15, 2012 | 12:39 pm

Multiple sources are reporting today on this newly released survey (PDF) on the buying habits of library e-book borrowers. The survey questioned over 75,000 e-book borrowers, and found that more than half of them buy books, too. It also found that dedicated reading devices still account for a significant chunk of the market. (The survey was sponsored by OverDrive, with the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy.) I am delighted to see these survey results confirm what I have known to be true from my own habits. Book reading is not a zero-sum game with a final 'winner' (and corresponding losers) in terms...

Pew Research Center: Young Americans prefer reading e-books on cell phones and computers
October 24, 2012 | 9:58 pm

If you haven't had a chance to look it over just yet, here's the link (PDF) to the Pew Research Center's recently-released study on the reading and library usage habits of young Americans. If you're simply looking for the study's bottom line—the take-away, as it were—I'd suggest reading this brief A.P. item, which leads with the discovery that "there's a generation gap among ebook fans," and that while "readers under 30 prefer cell phones and computers, those over 30 like dedicated devices such as the Kindle." The survey, titled Young Americans' Reading and Library Habits, has already received a decent amount of press attention, but as far as I can...

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