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NewsBank Database Usage Study

#PLA12 NewsBank Database Usage Study

From Swiss Army Librarian: March 15th, 2012

NewsBank has been conducting a study with 100+ libraries of various sizes, to look closely at how library databases are used.  Here are my notes on the presentation, and the short discussion afterward.

  • As daily newspaper shrink (in page count), archiving shrinks as well (many newspapers are posting more to their websites than they put in print, and they are not archiving that content)
  • The trend of investment is going to “first-to-web” systems model, mobile and social network integration, and paywalls and metering systems
  • Library databases appear to be ~80% remote usage
  • Majority of use is for older content, not current news – 80% of articles accessed are more than 90 days old.  Of that 80%:
    • 18% = 1-4 years old
    • 32% = 5-9 years old
    • 50% = >10 years old
  • Majority of searches are for local news: people names and local topics (political issues, crime, businesses, development of schools, etc)”

Useful stuff.

Stephen

 

Posted on: March 16, 2012, 7:05 pm Category: Uncategorized

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