Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2,000,000,000 Records of Library Resources

From Worldcat, the organization to which librarians contribute book and media, etc. bibliographic records.

2,000,000,000
holdings and growing...

On May 4, the University of Alberta Libraries created the 2,000,000,000th holding record in WorldCat, marking a major milestone for this unique library resource. For the past 40 years, libraries like yours have worked together to build, sustain and improve WorldCat. These cooperative efforts get information seekers to the answers they need, and help other libraries be more efficient.
Sigh. So many books (2 billion), so little time, now more clear than ever.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reading Electronically, Too

New Harris Poll on reading out recently:
Power(ed) Readers: Americans Who Read More Electronically Read More, Period

Majority of Americans, and two-thirds of Millennials, read at least some books electronically
NEW YORK, N.Y.

April 17, 2014

As with just about every other aspect of our lives,the ways in which we can read books have undergone radical shifts over the past few years. Not long ago hardcover and paperback were the main options available to readers, but then e-readers hit the scene, followed by tablet computers. With the
additional options of reading on your computer or your phone, these days it seems as though just about the only thing standing between Americans and a good read is setting aside the time. Americans seem to be embracing their broader options, as the majority (54%)currently read e-books,
including two-thirds of Millennials (66%).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,234 adults surveyed online between March 12 and 17,2014.

...a strong majority of Americans (84%) say they read at least one book in an average year, with over a third (36%)saying they read more than ten. On average, Americans report reading roughly 17 books per year...

(To see other recent Harris Polls, please visit the Harris Poll News Room.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Library Week: Announcing the DEWEY Award Nominees at Butler

Congratulations to the following faculty members who were nominated by students, staff or faculty to receive the 2014 Butler Libraries DEWEY Award:

Janice Akao, Katherine Barrier, Nicole Coba, Janece English, Shellie Gutierrez, Sheryl J. LeSage, Kay Metzinger, Jeff Roper, Samuel Sparks, and Susan Wrampe

Please join us in applauding their efforts and awarding the final winner during the Spring 2014 Institutional Development Day, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Micaela Ayers
Director, Library Services
Butler Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road, El Dorado, KS 67042
mayers@butlercc.edu 316 322-3235 http://livelibrary.blogspot.com/
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