Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A depressing graph - Interest over time in "libraries" via Google insight



Fewer and fewer people are interested in searching for the term "Libraries" via Google.

What does that imply for libraries?

7 comments:

  1. I guess that once people find the library they're after they're mostly not going to search for it again. Could it refelct a decline in interest amongst the young? Interesting and worrying trend.

    Not being content with beating the world at rugby, it would seem that NZ tops the world in searches for libraries too... :)

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  2. I suspect that software engineering is skewing your results: there has been a shift towards calling things frameworks and toolkits rather than libraries. http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22libraries%22%2Cframework&cmpt=q

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  3. That users know where their libraries are now so don't have to resort to Google to find them? :-P

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  4. aww cheer up Charlie! "no neeed to froooowwn"

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  5. I agree with the others here. I'm not sure those stats are all that relevant considering the various terms and such used. I wouldn't stress on it. Just stay positive and keep up your good work! :-)

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  6. It's sad but with Kindles and other such devises people are less likely to make a trip to the library. Although my library also offers electronic books you can check out online, that maybe the future of libraries =(

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  7. Thanks for your comments everyone. It could be that in the IT databases context the usage is changing, toolkit and frameworks rather then library, that's a valid point. But to those who say everyone knows where their library is and no longer need to do a google search for it -it's interesting that terms like twitter and facebook are only increasing as google search terms, but you'd think most people know how to find those sites by entering the URL.

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