Monday, September 12, 2011

more great reports

1.  Supporting Research: Environments, Administration and Libraries. An OCLC Research Report [By] John MacColl [and] Michael Jubb. OCLC Research. (US)

2. Jerry Jenkins gives a summary from the British Library’s research at

3. Higher Education and Emerging Technologies: Student Usage, Preferences, and Lessons for Library Services Erin Dorris Cassidy, James Britsch, Glenda Griffin, Tyler Manolovitz, Lisa Shen, and Linda Turney, RUSQ vol 50 no 4

Report of a study of use and preference of popular Internet and communication technologies among students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Interestingly interest in use of various channels and software for communication from the university varied between 56.3% interested in asking the library questions through text messages and 54.3% interested in checking out e-books to less than 5% interested in using second life and 10% interested in using Twitter for this type of communication.

Recent reports of interest.

1. Australia Report: Risks and Opportunities. Produced by the Australian Davos Connection in association with KPMG, it is designed to assist leaders across business, government and the wider community face the future better by understanding threats and opportunities, it analyses risks for Australia because facing the nation over the next decade. The report is available at:

2. Hajkowicz, S & Moody, J 2010, Our future world. An analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios, CSIRO, Canberra. Describes the outcomes from a CSIRO global foresight project. Lists five global megatrends and global risks that may redefine how people live.

Finally for a lovely video see  – for a defence of the book.