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VISITING LIBRARIES IS THE MOST POPULAR ACTIVITY IN THE UK

VISITING LIBRARIES IS THE MOST POPULAR ACTIVITY IN THE UK (SPREAD THESE RESOURCES FAR AND WIDE!)

http://www.ned-potter.com/blog/visiting-libraries-is-the-most-popular-activity-in-the-uk-spread-these-resources-far-and-wide

From the amazing Ned Potter.  Now I’m inspired to create a set for FOPL in Ontario.

“I’m always struck by just how many people use libraries in the UK. It’s a mind-bogglingly huge amount.

When we hear about the figures they’re always couched in terms of reductions – CIPFA tells us about the continuing decline, noting that UK visits to public libraries in 2013-14 fell to 282 million, from 288 million the previous year. I’m not surprised it fell – we lost 49 branches and 1,000 full-time-equivalent staff in the same period.

But why do we never take the figures in isolation? 282 million visits! That’s MASSIVE. And then I started wondering how that compared with other things we visit in the UK. I came up with a list of as many as I could think of, and guess what? We visit libraries more than we visit ANYTHING else. In fact, we visit libraries twice as often as we visit football matches, theatres, A&E and the Church combined.

I mean come on!

So inspired by some utter drivel from the Telegraph about a new Government initiative about libraries (more on which another time), I’ve come up with some different ways of expressing the comparisons between how often we visit libraries versus other things we visit.

Everything below has no licence attached to it so please use it however you wish – tweet it, blog it, embed it, remix it, change it, and no need to attribute anything (except the original data sources). I just want this message to go as far and wide as possible. I’ve added various buttons to tweet the individual elements, or you can tweet a link to the entire post:

Library usage stats broken down into smaller timeframes

I’d be really keen for people to make their own versions of these – I’m sure we can do better than what I’ve come up with below. This is the perfect size to tweet as it won’t need expanding to be viewed on Twitter.

Here are all the subdivisions if anyone’s feeling creative with comparisons:

  • 282 million library visits per year
  • 23.5 million library visits each month
  • 5.423 million library visits per week
  • 772,602 library visits per day
  • 32,191 library visits per hour
  • 536 library visits per minute
  • 8.9 library visits per second. For every second! Of the entire year! I mean seriously, how the hell can people claim we don’t need libraries any more?

Library usage stats on Sway

Here’s the first version of the stats. It’s done using Sway, a new tool from Microsoft. Direct link to the presentation here.

Clicking the button above will allow you to tweet a link to that Sway presentation. I also did avertical scrolling Sway in a slightly different style – take your pick! Both Sways allow duplication, so if you want to take them as a starting point to make your own version, feel free – improve and enhance it.

Library usage stats on Slideshare

A slightly different approach for this one – a teaser format where the most popular activity isn’t revealed until the very end. Here’s a link direct to the slides.

The button above will tweet a link to the Slideshare presentation.

The slides were Featured on Slideshare’s homepage and also tweeted by the CEO of the Arts Council, so hopefully we’re getting beyond the echo-chamber!

Library usage stats on video

Here’s a YouTube video – the same statistics as in the slides, but this time made in PowToon.

The button above will tweet a link to the YouTube video.

Library usage stats as an infographic

This is on the way! I’m working with someone who is much better at this sort of thing than me – but in the meantime the more the merrier, so if you can express the figures in a compelling way then get infographicing…

Library usage stats as a graph

Thanks to @AVwoman for this! What she calls the “My God, Aren’t Libraries Stupidly Popular!” graph…

Library usage stats: the raw figures

Here are all the raw figures I collected – if you take these and do something interesting with them, let me know in a comment and I’ll add whatever it is to this list!

230 million library visits in England (282 million in UK): http://www.cipfa.org/about-cipfa/press-office/archived-press-releases/2014-press-releases/cipfa-library-survey

Cinemas: 165.5 million admissions: http://www.cinemauk.org.uk/facts-and-figures/admissions/uk-cinema-admissions-2013-by-region/

Church of England: 52 million visits: https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/facts-stats/research-statistics/parish-attendance-affiliation.aspx

The UK itself: 32.8 million visits from overseas in 2013: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ott/travel-trends/2013/rpt-travel-trends–2013.html

Theatre: 22 million attendees in 2013:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/11001177/Almost-twice-as-many-people-visit-the-theatre-than-attend-Premier-League-games.html

Hospital A&E Departments: 18.5 million visits http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB16728

Premier League Football: 13.9 million total attendance http://www.espnfc.com/barclays-premier-league/23/statistics/performance?season=2013

There used to be Museums and Galleries figures here, but they turned out to be just for DCMS owned insitutions so I’ve removed them – thanks to Ian Clark for the heads-up.

Library usage stats: as a Google doc

And finally, if you want to do stuff with the data it may be useful to have it in a spreadsheet: here’s a Google doc. It’s set to ‘anyone can view’ – if you want to edit or add to the data etc just make your own copy.


What other people are doing with the stats

The first remix has arrived! Really pleased that Adlib has redone the graphic at the top of this page but for Canadian libraries.

I hope others will be encouraged to take this basic idea and run with it – either by finding new ways to express the information, or finding new information, or redoing some of these resources for different parts of the world…


Spread these messages however you want, as far as you can. And keep the statistics to hand – every time someone says ‘we don’t need libraries in the digital age’ we can respond ‘actually 772,000 people in the UK will need them today alone!’ and all the rest of it.

Let’s do this!”

Stephen

Posted on: September 3, 2015, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized

A Quick Reference Guide for Social Video (Infographic)

A Quick Reference Guide for Social Video (Infographic)

http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/a-quick-reference-guide-for-social-video-infographic/624593

AllYouNeedtoKnowtoShareYourVideosonSocialNetwork_55a011afda568_w1500

Stephen

Posted on: September 3, 2015, 6:35 am Category: Uncategorized

The 5 best social media management tools in 2015: hint they’re not what you think

The 5 best social media management tools in 2015: hint they’re not what you think

http://www.steamfeed.com/the-5-best-social-media-management-tools-in-2015-hint-theyre-not-what-you-think/

1.  AgoraPulse

2.  Edgar

3.  Sleek

4.  Post Planner

5.  Sprout Social

Follow the top link to link and see descriptions.

Stephen

Posted on: September 3, 2015, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized

Learn Photography: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

Learn Photography: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

https://blog.udemy.com/learn-photography-a-comprehensive-beginners-guide/

“Looking for more than a beginner’s guide? Take Phil’s Photography Masterclass Course!

To jump to a specific section, click the table of contents below:

Understanding the Camera

Types of Cameras
How does a camera work?
File Formats
Taking a Photo
Reviewing your Photo
Deleting Photos
Formatting a Memory Card

Learn to Shoot in Manual Mode

Camera Modes
Understanding Exposure
Aperture
Shutter Speed
ISO
Exposure Triangle
Camera Light Meter
Camera Histogram
Manual and Auto Focus
Picture Styles
White Balance and Color Temperature

Composing Beautiful Photos

Rule of Thirds
Perspective and Angle
Choosing a Background
Positioning a Subject
Creative Depth of Field
Thinking about Colors

Better Situational Photography

Tips for Better Landscape Photos
Tips for Better Nature Photos
Tips for Better Portraits
Tips for Better Kid Photography

Essential Camera Equipment

Body
Lens
Batteries and Chargers
Stabilization
Flash and Lighting
Cases and Bags

Smartphone Photography

How to Take Better Photos with your Smartphone
Best iPhone App for Photographers
HDR Mode
Tips for Better Instagram Photos

Photo Editing

Favorite Photo Editing Applications
Basic Photo Editing in Lightroom
Importing Photos
Adjusting Exposure
Cropping
Saturation and Vibrance
Sharpening
Vignettes
Exporting

Stephen

Posted on: September 2, 2015, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

Report Provides In-Depth Look at U.S. Federal Government Spending on Information Products & Services

UPDATED Report Provides In-Depth Look at U.S. Federal Government Spending on Information Products and Services

“An updated version (August 2015) of a U.S. federal government report (prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress) that shares a lot of interesting data (including many charts) about government spending on information services and products (not just by libraries) was recently made available and is now embedded at the bottom of this post. The report also includes forecasts of spending through FY 2017.

The complete title of the report is: Federal Government Strategic Sourcing Of Information Products And Services: A Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress Under an Agreement with the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), Library of Congress (July  2015)

Direct to Full Text Report

Federal Government Strategic Sourcing Of Information Products And Services: A Report Prepared by the Federa… by LJ’s infoDOCKET

Second Access Option (Direct Download of Report)

Previous Versions of Report

Stephen

 

Posted on: September 2, 2015, 6:24 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Get Your First 500 Blog Comments [Infographic]

How to Get Your First 500 Blog Comments [Infographic]

http://engagebit.com/blog-comments/

How to Get More Blog Comments
Courtesy of: Engagebit.com

Stephen

Posted on: September 2, 2015, 6:21 am Category: Uncategorized

August 21, 2015: One billion people signed in to Facebook in a single day

So, August 21, 2015 was a landmark day for Facebook:

One billion people used Facebook on Monday

During just a single day, roughly one out of every seven people on Earth logged in to the social network, says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

http://www.cnet.com/news/one-billion-people-log-into-facebook-in-single-day/#ftag=CAD590a51e

“Facebook has reached a new milestone: 1 billion people using the social network in a single day.

Facebook reached the high mark on Monday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. That means roughly “1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family” in a single day, he added.”

Stephen

Posted on: September 1, 2015, 10:15 am Category: Uncategorized