May 17, 2022

New Report From OCLC: "U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives"

Very interesting to read the importance that listservs and e-discussions continue to have in the public library community.

Direct to Report (4 pages; PDF)
Numerous charts.

via OCLC:

This new report details findings from a study OCLC conducted with libraries in mid-2011 to learn about their priorities, initiatives, thoughts on the future of their service points and the sources they use to keep up with developments in the library field.

Select Key Findings

  • Most public library staff:
    • Are focusing their priorities on Internet access, demonstrating value to funders and delivering e-content
    • Are concentrating on e-books as their top current initiative
    • Rely mostly on listservs and email to stay current—while just a few use social media
  • Opinions are split on the make-up of service points in the future
  • The top priority for public library directors is demonstrating the library’s value to funders

Nearly 1300 public library staff including directors, managers and librarians participated in the study.

Direct to Report (4 pages; PDF)
Numerous charts.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.