Libraries and the Mega Internet Sites 2011-12 Edition

  • August 2011
  • -
  • Primary Research Group


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 The Library and the Mega Internet Sites 2011-12 Edition presents more than 140 pages of data and commentary on how libraries are using mega internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Wikipedia, VImeo, BIng, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and dozens of other sites.  Data is broken out separately for legal/corporate libraries, public libraries, college libraries and government libraries, as well as by library size, and even by the professional role of the responding librarian.
The report helps end users to answer questions such as: which sites have librarians found most useful? Which sites are included in patron information literacy instruction? How are libraries increasing productivity or enhancing service by using the mega internet sites?  What kind of librarians are using what kind of sites? Is FLickr most useful to special collection librarians? Which librarians find Facebook most useful?

The report presents data from more than 100 corporate, legal, college, government and public libraries about their use of Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Wikipedia, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and other mega internet sites. The report shows how useful various sites are to their professional efforts of librarians and what they are achieving in using the sites.
Just of few of the many findings from this 142 page report are: 
-29% of the libraries in the sample were currently working with search engines or other organizations to digitize elements of their collections and make them available over the internet.
-60% of public libraries in the sample have held workshops in Facebook use;  17.39% of college libraries, 10.53% of law/corporate libraries, and 14.29% of government agency/department libraries have done so.
-Google Books was found useful by 21.90% and highly useful by 16.19% of the sample. Another 35.24% of libraries found it occasionally useful.
-Wikipedia was most popular among librarians working in technical services and cataloging; 71.43% of these librarians found it highly useful.
-41% of the libraries sampled had a Twitter account.
Data in the reports is broken out separately by size and type of library and by type of library personnel.  Data is presented for corporate/legal libraries, college libraries, public libraries and government libraries.  The pdf version of the report is currently available for $89.50;  the print version of the report will be available on August 17th.  Site licenses are also available. 

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