[Libs-Or] Electronic Resources for Library Users

MaryKay Dahlgreen marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us
Fri Jan 28 10:00:03 PST 2011

Our neighbors at the Washington State Library have collected some interesting information about electronic resource use that might be of interest to some of you, see below.  It was also suggested that you might want to take a look at the OCLC 2010 Perceptions of Libraries report http://www.oclc.org/us/en/news/releases/2011/20115.htm


Electronic Resources for Library Users: Survey Report and Complete Results

In approaching a new contract for statewide database licensing in Washington State, the Washington State Library decided to create two surveys, one for staff at libraries of all types throughout Washington, and another for the users of public libraries in Washington. Today we are publishing a report that provides a summary of that second survey for public library users.

The survey was administered by providing a link and image for public libraries to put on their websites. In the interest of user anonymity, we did not collect any information about which users came from which libraries, which means that we cannot parse out data based on library size. This summary aggregates responses and comments from all users that started the survey. 1,209 library users started the survey, with 90.1% (1,089 library users) completing it.

Interested parties may download the report (pdf) and complete results (xls) below:

  *   Electronic Resources for Library Users - Survey Report and Analysis<http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/libraries/projects/sdl/Electronic%20Resources%20for%20Library%20Users%20-%20Survey%20Report%20and%20Analysis%20-%202010.pdf>
  *   Electronic Resources for Library Users - Complete Survey Results with Comments<http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/libraries/projects/sdl/Electronic%20Resources%20for%20Library%20Users%20-%20Complete%20Survey%20Results%20with%20Comments%20-%20Washington%20State%20Library%20-%202010.xls>

A report and analysis of the survey for library staff will also be published and made available on this page once it is completed.

MaryKay Dahlgreen
Library Development Program Manager
Oregon State Library
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us
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