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A New Poll about Hobbies and Activities

Please help! I am sending out a final reminder to everyone to please participate in my poll about what questions libraries are getting about people’s hobbies. Please click on the link below and fill in the poll with your experience of the top 12 hobbies you see in your library users. I already have hundreds of responses.

And the topper is that I’ll re-do this poll in a couple of weeks and ask you what your hobbies are. Some people are asking me what my hobbies are (librarianship isn’t a hobby?) and I’ll share them soon. And I am curious to know if library folk have similar hobbies to the general user population. I think that’ll be interesting.

Here’s the original post:

I have some recent survey data showing that hobbies and activities are in the top 10 questions that are received in reference in public libraries. (I’ll be sharing that later this month.) As with any good survey response, the results generated more questions for me!

I started to wonder what the top hobbies and activities reference staff were seeing lately. Hence, here’s a new poll. Please, if you do reference work in a public library, tell me what you see as the top 12 areas you’re seeing questions in. If I’ve missed any, just include them in the last open-ended item.

Hobbies and Activities Poll.

Tell me your top dozen!

I’ll keep this survey open until at least Sept. 29th.

I will, of course, share the results in a couple of weeks.

And remember, we’re trying to break the 500 respondent limit we set with the fun cats and dogs poll. Can we get as many responses to a serious question? The challenge is issued!


Posted on: September 24, 2010, 10:32 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Wow! Over 140 reponses in the first hour! Thanks!

  2. Stephen, what are YOUR top hobbies, activities, and interests (aside from libraries)? Enquiring minds want to know…

  3. Oh that’ll be coming soon. I have to maintain a little mystery!

  4. Yay! We broke through 500 by Sept. 15th! Now let’s try to hit the next level!

  5. Some hobbies don’t lend themselves to reference queries as well as others, but people DO them anyway. That’s going to skew things when you get around to asking us what WE do with our spare time!

  6. Beth: I agree it’s going to be interesting. I do know that knitting and needlepoint pattern owners are some of the most zealous copyright enforcers in the world.