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Brodart's Library Survey at TLA Points to National Trends

In April, Brodart participated in the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. As part of our booth exhibit, we conducted a survey asking conference attendees two simple questions:

    1. What type of library do you work for?
    2. What are you excited about in your library for 2017?
First, the breakdown of survey respondents:

  • K-12       62%
  • Public     27%
  • Academic    9%
  • Other     2%
The results to the open-ended second question were very illuminating and point to some overall trends in the library industry.

As expected, asking librarians what they are excited about yielded a whole range of different responses. However, given that the attendance profile at TLA is heavily slanted toward K-12 libraries, it is not too surprising that "Makerspace" was the top response, at 21%. Next came the 11% who cited "early literacy" or "summer reading."

Other responses were as follows:

  • New books/e-books What librarian doesn't love 'em?)   10%
  • Adult programs and classes                9%
  • New furniture/shelving                 6%
  • New technology (3D printers, Chromebooks, etc.)      6%
  • Renovation/remodeling                 5%
Other notable answers included "graphic novels," "library volunteers," and "weeding out old books." The winner for most interesting response (although we can't give you the person's name, as the survey was completely anonymous) goes to: "Man returned book after 46 years." We can only hope the book was still in good condition and that the library showed leniency with the overdue fine! This brings to mind the Seinfeld episode called "The Library"… We'd like to extend our appreciation to every (anonymous) respondent who took the survey. Please stop by Brodart's booth at the ALA Annual Conference in June, where we will be conducting a similar survey, to make your voice heard. The results will appear in the August issue of Brodart Connect.