New Research From OCLC: “Meet Your Guide For an Amazon Journey: A Librarian”
Some recent library user research we conducted in partnership with the Worthington Libraries in Ohio suggests that these criticisms of the Forbes piece [the one that was taken down*] don’t go far enough. Not only isn’t Amazon a replacement for libraries, but our statistical models indicate that library use supports commercial book sales as well as other social and retail activities.
For this study, we partnered with the public library in Worthington, Ohio, USA. They are undertaking a strategic planning process and asked if we could partner in designing some user-behavior studies. These data come from working with them, and we’re very grateful that they’re OK with us sharing it widely.
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* The Forbes article is available via Wayback Machine
See Also: A Few Thoughts on the Forbes Contributor Column Re: Amazon.com Should Replace Local Public Libraries (July 22, 2018)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.