October 8, 2015

Higher Education (U.S.): New Data Released on Postsecondary Tuition, Fees and Degrees

From the National Center for Education Statistics: Between 2012-13 and 2014-15, the average tuition and required fees at 4-year public institutions (after adjusting for inflation) increased approximately the same for both in-state and out-of-state students (a nearly 3 percent increase for both). During that same time period, 4-year nonprofit institutions increased overall at 3 percent. […]

New Report, Statistics: “Mapping the Digital Divide” (U.S.)

The report (embedded below), Mapping the Digital Divide, was released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Later that day President Obama announced the launch of the Launch of ConnectHome Initiative. Mapping the Digital Divide See Also: Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web” See […]

Association of American Publishers Reports Sales Were “Slow” During First Quarter of 2015″

From the Association of American Publishers: Publishers’ book sales for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March 2015) were down 6.6% for the year to date at $2.22 billion compared to $2.38 billion for the first quarter in 2014. Bright spots within the quarter were found in Trade — specifically Adult Books — […]

New Report: “Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014″

From the U.S. Census: Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate: 1978-2014, uses data collected by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. This report provides a detailed historical portrait of voters in congressional elections, and it examines voting patterns by age, race and Hispanic origin and includes a look at early and absentee voting. […]

Report: China’s E-Book Revenues Up 20.5% Annually Since 2012

Note: The following report (via Global Post) from Xinhua, China’s state-run news service. From the Article China’s e-book revenues have grown from 150 million yuan (24.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2006 to 4.5 billion yuan in 2014, with an increase of 20.5 percent annually since 2012. [Clip] China’s digital publishing industry grossed 338.8 billion yuan […]

Fresno State University: From Laptops to the Reference Desk, “Library Student Services Vary in Popularity”

From The Collegian: (Student Newspaper at Fresno St. University) Since its remodel in 2009, The Henry Madden Library has had 4,262,955 students, faculty, and community members walk through its doors, but few of those people know all that it has to offer. “I wasn’t exposed to any of the services,” said Michelle Moua, a second-year […]

Highlights From The Survey of Academic Library Subject Specialists: Biology & Medical Sciences

Selected findings from a new Primary Research Group report. From the The Survey of Academic Library Subject Specialists: Biology & Medical Sciences Summary Page: This study is based on data from 55 colleges with programs in medicine and biology, predominantly from medical schools and PhD-level or research universities in the United States, Canada, the UK, […]

Fast Facts: China Moves Ahead of U.S. As World’s Largest Smartphone Market


New data from Flurry, a mobile data analytics company. From the Flurry Blog: Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. This historic milestone takes place a year after […]

New From Pew Internet: The Demographics of Social Media Users — 2012

From Pew Internet: A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that young adults are more likely than others to use major social media. At the same time, other groups are interested in different sites and services. Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social […]

Report: Ontario Public Library Assoc. Child and Youth Services Committee Teen Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report 2013

Here’s another new report out of Canada. Earlier this week we shared the “National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries” published by the Canadian Library Association. Today, a new report from Ontario. Direct to: Ontario Public Library Assoc. Child and Youth Services Committee Teen Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report 2013 (23 pages; PDF) From […]