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Americans’ Wireless Data Usage More Than Doubled in 2015 vs. 2014

New Report: Americans’ Wireless Data Usage More Than Doubled in 2015 vs. 2014

“From the CTIA :

Today, CTIA, The Wireless Association released its annual survey results, which found Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This is the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB.

Smartphones are the number one wireless device in the U.S. and still growing

  • There were more than 228 million smartphones, which was up almost 10 percent from 2014. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone.
  • There were more than 41 million tablets on wireless networks, up 16 percent from 2014.

Americans prefer mobile devices to communicate

  • Americans talked more than 2.8 trillion minutes on their mobile phones, up more than 17 percent from 2014.
  • Americans exchanged more than 2.1 trillion texts, videos and photo messages, or more than four million every minute.
Mobile Trends in the United States, 2014-2015
2014 2015 The Delta
Subscribers 355.4 million 377.9 million +6.3%
Smartphones 208.1 million 228.3 million +9.7%
Data Traffic 4.1 trillion MB 9.6 trillion MB +137.6%
Minutes of Use 2.5 trillion 2.8 trillion +17.4%
SMS/MMS traffic 2.07 trillion 2.11 trillion +1.7%
Incremental Capital investment $32.0 billion $31.9 billion -0.3%
Cumulative Capex $430.6 billion $462.6 billion N/A

Direct to Survey Web Page and Methodology

Direct to Detailed Numbers From 2015 (PDF)

About Gary Price
Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.”Stephen


Posted on: May 25, 2016, 6:07 am Category: Uncategorized

The Library as Classroom: Spark Your Creativity at June Conference

The Library as Classroom: Spark Your Creativity at June Conference
Library 2.016 ConferenceLibrary 2.016: Library as Classroom
June 15, 2016
12 – 3 p.m. PDT (view your time zone)
Free and Online

The second of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences is coming up on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The conference discussion will center on the theme of the Library as Classroom, with both keynote sessions andcrowd-sourced presentations. There’s still time to submit a presentation proposal and share your experiences with your peers from around the world.

For example, Tasha Squires, a learning resource center teacher at a middle school library near Chicago, Illinois, will be talking about an award-winning gamification program she designed and implemented to increase student interaction beyond the classroom. The competitive library game resulted in no summer slide.

How are you using the library as a creative classroom full of discovery and exploration? Lorette McWilliams and M. Elena Lopez of the Harvard Family Research Project will highlight creative ways to use library assets for family educational engagement based on the results of a 2016 national survey of nearly 500 urban, suburban, and rural libraries. You can read their proposal and other accepted proposals on the conference website.

Please consider joining the conversation by submitting your presentation proposal. Presentations should be at least 15 minutes in length and must be completed (including Q&A) within 25 minutes. Presentations will be held online via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing, and training is provided for all presenters. The deadline to submit proposals is May 31, 2016. Please read the Call for Proposals for full instructions.

Everyone is invited to attend the free and online Library 2.016: Library as Classroom mini-conference. All registrants will receive links to view the recorded sessions. Register today!

The Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference series was co-founded by the San Jose State University School of Information (iSchool) in 2011. The iSchool offers several lifelong learning solutions delivered fully online for 21st century information professionals. For more information about the iSchool, please visit

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Posted on: May 24, 2016, 5:37 pm Category: Uncategorized

Children are getting their first smartphones at an incredibly young age

Children are getting their first smartphones at an incredibly young age

Smartphone Share

“Children are getting their first smartphones, on average, at just over 10 years of age in the U.S., according to a new study from Influence Central.

This young age not only demonstrates just how much mobile technology permeates our lives, but it affects the way American children access the Internet and interact with social media. According ot the study, approximately 65% of children access the Internet via a laptop or mobile device, up from 42% in 2012.

Furthermore, car rides have become a popular location for tablet use, as 55% of kids prefer tablets in a car, up from 26% in 2012. Meanwhile, 45% prefer using smartphones, up from 39% in 2012.

Amazingly, more than one-third of children have a social media account before they reach 12 years old, and 11% have one before age 10.

The study revealed how early in life children become acquainted with mobile devices and how these devices are often their first experience with the Internet. And children are using their mobile devices for numerous purposes, including games and productivity apps, according to Influence Central CEO Stacy DeBroff.”


The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years

The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is now 10.3 years


Posted on: May 24, 2016, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

IFLA Bibliography of studies on the impact and outcomes of libraries

Library Statistics Manifesto

The initiative for this document was taken by then President Claudia Lux at the Section’s conference in Montréal (august 2008). The idea is to have a certified document about the importance of library statistics, as they demonstrate the value that libraries provide to their users and to society. Statistical data are indispensable for the internal management of libraries, but they can do more. When presented to policy makers, funding institutions or the general public, they will influence the strategic planning, and they can create and maintain confidence in libraries.

Bibliography “Impact and Outcome of Libraries”

Compiled by Roswitha Poll, Münster (Updated February 2016)

Global Library Statistics

By: Simon Ellis, Michael Heaney, Pierre Meunier & Roswitha Poll

In: Ifla Journal  Volume 35 (2009) No. 2, pp. 123 – 130.

Library Statistics for the Twenty-First Century World

Proceedings of the conference held in Montréal on 18-19 August 2008 reporting on the Global Library Statistics Project
Ed. by Heaney, Michael

IFLA Publications; Nr 138
Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2009
ISBN 978-3-598-22043-2

Posted on: May 23, 2016, 10:52 pm Category: Uncategorized

ALA Releases Reader Privacy Guidelines For K-12 Students

ALA Releases Reader Privacy Guidelines For K-12 Students

“From the American Library Association:

On May 2, 2016, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools.” The document, which surveys the state of students’ privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions seeking to protect students’ privacy, both while online and while reading or engaging in research. The document was developed by theIFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.

“Today’s students not only face all of the potential threats to the privacy of their reading habits that adults face from government surveillance and commercial tracking, they also face a system of continuous assessment and oversight by an educational establishment that seeks to track almost all aspects of the student’s educational activities,” said Michael Robinson, chair of the ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee, and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska – Anchorage. “In developing these guidelines, we not only want to provide librarians and educators with appropriate data management and security practices, we also want to inspire a new regard for students’ privacy rights, especially their right to keep their reading habits and intellectual activities private.”

Direct to Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement


Posted on: May 22, 2016, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

Social Media Visuals: How to Easily Create Visuals Without a Designer


Social Media Visuals: How to Easily Create Visuals Without a Designer

Social Media Visuals: How to Easily Create Visuals Without a Designer


visual content blueprint

visual hierarchy




Posted on: May 21, 2016, 11:35 am Category: Uncategorized

Maslow for Employees

Via Doug Johnson:



Posted on: May 21, 2016, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized