There’s always a lot of speculation prior to the release of a new iPhone. However, Apple just did something major that gives weight to one particular prediction: that the iPhone 8 will charge wirelessly. Apple, rather quietly, just joined the Wireless Power Consortium. The Consortium is a group of 214 companies, dedicated to promoting wireless charging via the “Qi” standard. The Apple smartwatch already uses a modified version of Qi, so experts are predicting that the next iPhone will include this feature.
While this might seem revolutionary (and it would be…for an iPhone), this feature has already been around in many Android and even Windows phones for some time. If Apple jumps on board the wireless charging bandwagon, this feature will be be considered much more standard in phones and you may need to start thinking about how your library can support them.
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Everyone likes reading about lists and trends. I guess it’s part of our natural curiosity to wonder who’s in the top ten and to analyze what direction our culture or profession appears to be headed.
In the case of interlibrary loan (ILL), it’s also a lot of fun! To bibliophiles like me, it’s interesting to look at who’s reading what and which books are the most popular based on our ILL transactions.
The ILL community enjoys the data as well. Last year, the most popular post in the Next blog—based on page views and unique visitors—was the one on ILL trends to watch. And in December, a person on Twitter posted about how eager she was to see what new trends might be revealed in this year’s look at ILL statistics.
Well, here are the latest themes in the interlibrary loan world based on our data. Comparing it with last year, it’s more of the same with one new finding.The top 10 ILL’d titles for 2016
(Shown in order, 1-10. Click to see the book in WorldCat)
If you recall from last year’s post, we looked at six years’ worth of data, from 2010 to 2015, and identified four trends. Adding 2016 to the mix didn’t change anything very much, except for one notable observation. Not surprisingly, the top 2016 ILL theme was how closely aligned ILL was with current events. Two of the top ten books requested were political books that reflected what was taking place in the news and popular culture—the US presidential race.* Hillbilly Elegy was published in June 2016 and by the end of July, it had rocketed to the 12th most-requested monograph on the OCLC ILL system. By August, it was firmly entrenched in first place and remains there to this day. America 2020: The Survival Blueprint debuted among top ten titles in May and remained there until after the November election.
The top 2016 ILL theme was closely aligned with current events.
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Other than that, here is what we observed.
This year, we also looked at the top ILL titles by library type. What we found is what you might expect. Medical and law libraries borrowed medical and law-related books, while corporate, government and theological libraries borrowed business, governing and religious materials. Below are the top ILL titles by library type.More interesting numbers for you to ponder
Is your ILL statistic appetite still wanting? Well, here are few more numbers to satisfy your fix!
What interesting numbers and trends in ILL do you see? Let us know on Twitter with #OCLCnext.Top Three ILL titles by library type
Community or Junior College
Schools Below College Level
* 98% of the libraries and 93% of the total borrows are from US libraries.
Reporters shouldn't air their personal opinions in public - or so the tradition goes. I see some problems with that.
Last week, Facebook announced that its users will be able to search for photos based on a description of the photo, something Google Photos has also worked on. Note that this is not just searching the metadata (tags, alternative text, etc.) that someone has added to the photo; this is actually looking for patterns in the image itself. The technology is an extension of work that had been going on to create automatic alternative text for images, to assist blind users of the internet. And all of this is based on so-called deep learning neural networks, the “brains” behind artificial intelligence.
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What attribute of your library is most valuable to your community? For a long time, the answer to that question might have been “our collection.” For generations, libraries have spent much of their budgets on acquiring and managing local materials, but that is shifting. These days, what the library owns isn’t as important as how it supports its users and community. Access to materials must keep up with needs that are changing faster than any one institution can manage.
It is nearly impossible for any one library to hit the moving target of comprehensive access to relevant content. Working together, however, libraries can take advantage of a characteristic that may be the most important for collection access going forward: flexibility.Opening the stacks even further
As a 2015 OCLC Research report demonstrates, putting the library in the life of the user is key to our future success. Being where your users are—on social media, on their devices, in their lives—is a given requirement today. To do that, libraries have been shifting journals and other print resources to online collections. This has had the additional benefit (or challenge) of reducing stack space. These areas can then be turned into common gathering and study areas, giving users a place to collaborate and learn new things.
All of which is great. But how do you decide which physical materials to share with nearby institutions? Which should go into off-site storage? And which can be safely deaccessioned? All while still giving people access to as much content as possible?
Resource sharing can help your library stay flexible enough to accommodate the expectations of your users.
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The key is to offer flexible services that provide users with resources in a responsive and timely way. This may mean fewer materials in the local collection, but much broader access outside the building. To do this, more and more libraries are expanding resource sharing options and exploring consortial borrowing plans to meet needs. Sustainable Collection Services’ (SCS) decision-support tool, GreenGlass, helps libraries manage physical collections in a systematic way to support that kind of informed flexibility specifically by providing data about the scarcity and ubiquity of your collection in comparison to other libraries’ collections.E-sharing on the fly
With the shift to electronic collections, libraries have not only opened up their physical space, but they’ve also further supported research needs by providing nearly immediate access to information. Just as with the physical collection, libraries don’t need to have licenses to every e-resource their users might want—through interlibrary loan, information seekers can often get e-resources within hours of requesting them. To support today’s information seekers, this speed is essential.
A few years ago, we introduced WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL), which now connects the collections of nearly 7,000 libraries. It’s remarkable that every 18 seconds, libraries supply an item that a user wants but can’t access through his or her own library. The lending library could be down the street or halfway around the world.Staying flexible in the future
At OCLC, we see these trends as only accelerating. Our response is to make significant investment in resource sharing services that give libraries even more flexibility to meet user needs. In addition to SCS, GreenGlass and WorldShare ILL, we have a comprehensive strategy to support resource sharing for the future.
Just last month, we introduced Tipasa, a new cloud-based ILL management system. Tipasa reimagines features and functionality of the Windows-based ILLiad service and moves them to the cloud. In addition, we also announced plans to acquire Relais International. The Relais D2D (Discovery to Delivery) solution is the market leader in consortial borrowing and continues to grow, and it is consistent with our vision for a new service to address the needs of consortial borrowing users.
Resource sharing can help your library stay flexible enough to accommodate the expectations of your users. Collectively, we can make informed decisions about what should remain local without sacrificing access to the long tail of content that may be essential, yet rarely requested.
Together, OCLC members can leverage the content and expertise of thousands of libraries. And when you know your colleagues have your back, you can take more risks and innovate locally. Broad-based access combined with local expertise—that’s the future of resource sharing.
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