Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources: A Report by Cathy De Rosa

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Sources Considered % First Choice… First Choice for Information Source— by College Students across all Regions 72% % Search engines 91% Search engines 80% Library (physical) 55% Library (physical) 11% Online library 42% Online library 6% Bookstore (physical) 37% Bookstore (physical) 2% Online bookstore 30% Online bookstore 2% Source: Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, OCLC, 2005, questions 1325 and 1335. S. age, college students and library card holder status are included in the tables in Appendix A.

Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources 1-25 Part 1: Libraries and Information Sources—Use, Familiarity and Favorability Information Sources Considered Search engines are the most often used information source. They are also the information source most likely to be used the next time respondents need information. Survey respondents were asked what information sources they will consider the next time they need information. Ninety-one percent of respondents selected search engines as an information source they would consider, while 55 percent selected the bricks-and-mortar library and 42 percent selected the online library.

2-2 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources The library has no purpose in my life. I guess it is more of a historical archive of old paper documents. Who knows? ” Part 2: Using the Library—In Person and Online Frequency of annual use of the top eight library activities typically declines with age. S. S. age groups, at 66 percent. S. S. respondents age 65 and older report the least frequent print book borrowing at 49 percent. S. S. respondents age 25-64. S. age groups. S. Respondent How frequently do you use your library for the following reasons?

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