Charleston Observatory and the Global Library Survey

by Allen McKiel, Ph.D. (Dean of Library and Media Services, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, Oregon 97361; Phone: 503-838-8886; Fax: 503-838-8399) mckiela@wou.edu 

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Editor’s Note: In 2007, the Charleston Conference began the Charleston Observatory which was designed to be the research arm of the Charleston Conference. When ebrary and YBP approached the Conference about the Global library survey, it was decided that CIBER was the ideal partner. Accordingly, ebrary initiated the fourth in a series of library surveys this fall. It was constructed by the Department of Information Studies, UCL Centre for Publishing and CIBER research group with input from librarians around the globe. The respondents to the survey were self-selected from ebrary’s email list of just over 10,000 international librarians and just fewer than 20,000 American librarians. The survey was designed to provide information on the effects of the global recession on libraries and to elicit insight on alternative ways librarians would respond to it. — KS

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