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Libraries in the UK: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives

These new reports detail findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in 2012 to learn about their top priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service points and the sources they use to keep up with developments in the library field.

See other reports in the Priorities & Perspectives series for libraries in the U.S. | Germany | Netherlands.

Select Key Findings for UK Academic Libraries

UK Academic Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities and Perspectives

Most UK academic library staff:

  • Consider delivering e-books and other e-resources to be their top priority
  • Anticipate the top reason faculty and students are using their library will shift in five years
  • Rely on listservs to keep informed about library trends.

Nearly 120 UK academic library staff including directors, managers and librarians participated in the study.

Select Key Findings for UK Public Libraries

UK Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities and Perspectives

Most UK public library staff:

  • Consider demonstrating the value of their library to funders to be their top priority
  • Anticipate the top reason users are using their library will change in five years
  • Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.

120 UK public library staff including directors, managers and librarians participated in the study.

Download these reports

Academic (PDF, 759KB)
Public (PDF, 772KB)

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