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Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

OCLC's membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available. The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online habits, preferences, and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected the information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

This OCLC membership report explores:

  • Technological and economic shifts since 2005
  • Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
  • How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
  • Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage

The report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report.

Download the complete report
(PDF, 17MB)

Download the complete report in single page format for easy 8-1/2 x 11 printing (PDF, 16.48MB)

Download individual sections of the report:

A Long View: In Internet Times (PDF, 200KB)

In Context (PDF, 297KB)

By Community (PDF, 290KB)



Tell OCLC what you think about the report and the issues it examines

Wij zijn een samenwerkingsverband van bibliotheken over de hele wereld, dat sinds 1967 eigendom is van, bestuurd en onderhouden wordt door onze leden. Ons publieke doel is een toezegging aan elkaar—samen zorgen voor betere toegang tot de informatie in bibliotheken wereldwijd en manieren vinden om de kosten voor bibliotheken te reduceren door middel van samenwerking.