Library Staff Using Online Tools

WebJunction has posted the survey results for online tool usage by library staff, and a few of the results might surprise:

The online tool that has had at least some use by the highest percentage of staff is Online Courses, followed by Live Online Events.  These beat out Listservs, Professional/Social Networking, and Blogs, even though each of these had higher percentages of daily users.

Also of interest was the significant differences between Public and Academic library staff use of online tools, with Academic staff reporting higher use.

Disparities also exist between urban and rural libraries, which might be partially explained by bandwidth and technology differences.  It would be good to see this difference erased, as online tools are one way that smaller, rural libraries can bridge the gap that might otherwise exist due to funding and population differences.

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