Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Look at E-Content in Pre-Filled Annual Report Data

[Chart of Uses of E-Content in 337 Pre-Fill Libraries]In January, public library systems compile data that the Public Library Development team loads into the online reporting service before libraries begin entering annual report data. This year, that pre-fill data for 2014 includes E-content (e-books,e-audio, and e-video) statistics for 337 public libraries that together serve more than two-thirds of Wisconsin's residents. This gives us a first look at some general trends.

For these 337 libraries, uses of e-content in 2014 was 36.7% higher than 2013, compared to 73% from 2012 to 2013 and 273% from 2011 to 2012. Increases in the use of e-content appear to be leveling off.

How do uses of e-content compare to circulation of physical materials? Pre-fill data includes both total circulation and e-content uses for 282 libraries. For these 282 libraries, circulation continues to decrease and uses of e-content continue to grow. Combining the two types of data, however, does not offset the decrease in physical circulation.
Chart Combining E-Content Uses and Physical Circulation in 282 Pre-Fill LibrariesChart of E-Content Uses Compared to Circulation of Material in 282 Pre-Fill Libraries
Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team