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Hobbies are a big part of public library reference questions and collections.
What do we really know about them? Anogther Pew Internet and American Life report to the rescue.
Hobbyists Online
9/19/2007 by Maggie Griffith, Susannah Fox
“A telephone survey conducted in February-March 2007 found that fully 83% of online Americans say they have used the internet to seek information about their hobbies and 29% do so on a typical day. Looking for information about hobbies is among the most popular online activities, on par with shopping, surfing the web for fun, and getting news.”
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What would your ranking of top hobbies be for your area…? When I was kid stamp and coin collecting was big. Now I suspect gardening and genealogy was near the top. Crafts, gaming, fantasy sports, scrapbooking, knitting, cookery (grin), etc. seem really popular too. I wonder if our collections reflect modern user interests. borrowing patterns, or retail store patterns. That would be an interesting analysis.
And then what does our promotion plan look like for the hobbyist segment.

Posted on: September 22, 2007, 11:09 am Category: Uncategorized

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