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Friday, 15th January 2016

UK: Taking Part 2015/16 Quarter 2

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport via GOV.UK

From Key Findings:

In the year ending September 2015, 33.9 per cent of adults had used a library in the 12 months prior to being interviewed. This is a significant decrease from 48.2 per cent in 2005/06 but a similar proportion to 2013/14.

The proportion of adults who had visited an archive (in their own time or for voluntary work) between October 2014 and September 2015 was 3.3 per cent, a significant decrease from the 2005/06 level (5.9%). Using a wider measure, which includes paid work visits and visits for academic study, there has also been a decrease (from 5.1 percent in 2008/09, when the data were first collected, to 4.3 per cent in the latest results). A significantly higher proportion of adults aged 65-74 had visited an archive in the last 12 months (6.4%) than in any other age group.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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