Libraries matter: 5 fantastic library infographics
It’s great to see that more and more library infographics are being created. In my opinion, infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention and give facts not only in a digestible, but also highly entertaining way.
Many people still perceive libraries as awesome-looking magical places, full of a scent of old paper. We associate libraries with the past and with the analog world – the world that doesn’t fit into broadband internet connection.
It’s not true (and I think it never was). 99% of American libraries offered free internet in 2012. More and more libraries (and not only in the US) lend electronic books. You don’t have to visit a library to get an ebook land on your tablet in a matter of minutes.
These infographics change the perspective. They show the beautiful book temples are filled not only with the past, but also with the future.
5 fantastic library infographics
American public libraries & community internet access
99% of public libraries in the US offer free internet to their communities. 1 in 3 Americans use libraries for that purpose. That’s a lot and can only change for the better, as 84% of US citizens believe that a free internet access offered by libraries is very important for local communities.
But what is needed is funding, to help libraries maintain – or improve – the quality of their services. This infographic developed for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation teaches ut two things: that libraries are highly focused on providing new means for education; and that this area needs support from all of us.
The incredible growth of OverDrive-powered libraries
OverDrive is the leading global distributor of ebooks, audiobooks, music and video. The company currently hosts more than 1 million digital titles from more than 2,000 publishers.
The content from OverDrive is powering more than 22,000 libraries, schools, and colleges around the world. More and more readers find out that their nearest library is offering a growing catalog of ebook titles, and the only thing they need to have to check out the ebook is a valid library card.
In January 2013 OverDrive released a very interesting data showing a stunning growth of the associated libraries. As much as 70 million titles (both ebooks and audiobooks) were checked out in 2012!
A librarian’s worth
This great infographic, created by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, gives a lot of new light on the role of libraries and librarians, as it changes a reference point totally. What if we compared libraries to Amazon?
Each day in US public libraries more items are circulated than on Amazon. Public library cardholders outnumber registered Amazon customers by, take your breath, five to one!
What’s more, librarians answer about 7.2 million questions weekly. What would we do without librarians? There is only one answer to this question: nothing.
The future of libraries
What’s the future of libraries, and how libraries of the future will look like? This great infographic from Open Site clearly show the path: there is a huge demand for technology from library patrons. 7 in 10 libraries have reported an increased usage of computers. The bottle neck is that there are not enough computers. 76% of libraries say they don’t have enough computers to meet demand. The question of library funding comes again.
Why is it important to give access to the web to library patrons? 30 million Americans rely on libraries to find a job, and 72% of libraries help complete online job applications. And this is just one area of activity.
When you look at library usage trends, both in circulation and library visits, you’ll see that most of the tested areas enjoyed growth. One of the reasons is the availability of books in digital format. 67% of American libraries offered downloadable ebooks in 2011. It’s twice as much as in 2007.
Libraries are forever
Librarians are the help and the search engine for all things related to written word. The form and format of the book is not the most important factor. It’s the idea behind the infographic from Teaching Degree, based on this year’s study from Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Many ebook infographics are based on this specific study. The thing is what is the message. And the take away from “Libraries are forever” infographic is simple: nothing beats the good book.
Electronic or print – it doesn’t really matter. What really matters is to find the good book. In this matter, you can always count on the librarian.
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Check out all infographics about ebooks, digital publishing, and reading, collected on Ebook Friendly. Our recommended posts about libraries are:
- A first digital library at an US train station launches in Philadelphia
- 10 libraries to visit with Google Street View
- The Library of Congress has added a first ever emoji book
- Hilarious light installation visualising library search in Wyoming
- Libraries of the future [cartoon]
- The first digital-only library in the US will look like an Apple Store
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