Libraries and Library Use

 

The growth of public libraries has been a vitally important aspect of the development of the information economy.  At least in the U.S., public libraries have achieved near universal service and mediate between wide-area communication and local interests.  Public libraries have long been concerned with social networking, content management systems, and user behavior in borrowing/sharing from a collection of works.  With the rise of digital works and the Internet, these issues are now of broad interest in the communications industry.   

 

This page links to work Iíve done on libraries.  Here are all purple motes posts on libraries.  Comments and suggestions welcomed.  I am grateful to the persons who have helped me with data and analysis.  I would be happy to learn about other work on libraries that might offer insights for current communications industry analysis.

 

 

I. Circulating non-book items from libraries

 

Non-book Items in U.S. Public Libraries

 

Library users like audiovisuals

 

Audiovisual Materials in U.S Public Libraries

 

Libraries have long lent more than books

 

Item Formats in U.S. Public Libraries, 1955

 

Print down slightly, video up sharply

 

            Public libraries outperformed video rental businesses

 

II. Institutional forms of libraries 

 

Organizational diversity in information infrastructure

 

III. Long-run evidence on user behavior

 

Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856  (pdf version)

 

            Television's effect on public library use

 

IV. Other data on libraries

 

Registered Library Borrowers as Share of Population Served about 2004

 

Library Registration and Circulation in U.S. Cities, 1890-1970

 

Libraries Reporting Circulation and Users to the ALA for 1915

 

Libraries Reporting Adult and Juvenile Circulation and Users to the ALA for 1914

 

North American Public Library Statistics about 1868

 

Public Library Statistics for the United States about 1856

 

Analysis of Thomas Jeffersonís Library (1815), sold to the U.S. Congress

 

 

 

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