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By the Numbers
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: Librarians; Social networks; Academic libraries; Library collections; Music; Audiobooks; Information industry; Publishing; Subscriptions; Piracy; E-books; Internet of Things; Library associations; Internet
Author: Kennedy, Shirley Duglin
Date: Mar 2017
Start Page: 8
Pages: 2
Section: INTERNET WAVES
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Here is Internet Waves' annual roundup of idiosyncratic internet, information industry, and library statistics for your browsing pleasure. * About two in three-The number of U.S. adults who believe that fake news stories "cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events"; 39% are "very confident" about their ability to identify fake news (journalism.org/2016/12/15/ many-americans-believe-fake-news-is-sowing-confusion) * 69%-The percentage of Americans who read a newspaper in "a given month"; 51% read the dead-tree version exclusively, while 49% read it "on at least one digital platform" (nielsen.com/us/en/ insights/news/2016/news papers-deliver-across-the-ages.html) * More than 1.5 million- The number of The New York Times' digital-only subscriptions; the number of dead-tree subscriptions is more than 1 million (nytimes.com/ projects/2020-report) * 39%-The percentage by which the newspaper workforce has contracted in the past 20 years; according to Editor & Publisher's DataBook, there were "126 fewer daily papers in 2014 than in 2004" (journalism .org/2016/06/15/newspapers-fact-sheet) * 79%-The percentage of U.S. adults who "have made an online purchase of any type"; 15% have bought something from a link on a social media site (pewinternet.org/2016/ 12/19/online-shopping-and-e-commerce) * 77%-The percentage of Americans who own a smartphone; nearly 73% have internet broadband service at home (pewresearch.org/ fact-tank/2017/01/12/ evolution-of-technology) * 67%-The percentage of marijuana-related tweets, in one large study, that were posted to Twitter from mobile devices; 51% of these posts were via iPhones versus 16% via Android phones (arxiv.org/ pdf/1612.08913v1.pdf) * 195 million-The number of digital titles (ebooks and audiobooks) borrowed from schools and libraries in 2016 via the OverDrive platform; this represents a 21% increase over 2015 (marketwired.com/ press-release/readers-borrow-record-number-of-ebooks-and-audiobooks-from-the-library-in-2016-2187160.htm) * 53%-The percentage of U.S. adults who "have had some interaction with a public library in the past year"; 48% actually visited a library or a bookmobile (pewinternet.org/ 2016/09/09/libraries-2016) * 39-The number of library cats in the U.S., according to a survey of American Library Association (ALA) state chapter heads in fall 2016; yes, allergies can be an issue (american librariesmagazine.org/2017/ 01/03/library-cats-leave-some-sneezing-others-feline-fine) * 16,937-The number of OCLC members in 120 countries; OCLC systems process more than 40 million search requests per day (oclc.org/en/about.html) * 35%-The percentage of Americans who read more than 11 books in the past year; one in five "most often" read ebooks, while 6% "mostly experienced books in audio form" (gallup .com/poll/201644/rumors-demise-books-greatly-exaggerated.aspx) * 723,700-The number of digital song downloads in 2016; there were 431,700 on-demand music audio and video streams (nielsen.com/us/en/insights/ reports/2017/2016-music-us-year-end-report.html) * 57 million-The number of Americans "actively stealing music," according to a 2016 survey by MusicWatch; stream ripping, a form of piracy that involves converting YouTube videos into downloads, "has ballooned in recent years" (digitalmusicnews.com/ 2016/02/26/57-million-americans-illegally-acquire-music-study-finds) * Zero-The number of published works expected to enter the public domain in 2017; "in fact, no publication will enter it until 2019" (web.law.duke.edu/cspd/ publicdomainday/2017) * 1st-The position of Pokémon GO in the list of the most downloaded apps worldwide from Apple's App Store; 30 is the level this writer has reached as of mid-January (apple.com/pr/library/ 2017/01/05App-Store-Shatters-Records-on-New-Years-Day.html) * 906,388,183-The number of electronic data records breached since 2005 (as of mid-January 2017); this is "from 5,284 data breaches made public since 2005" (privacyrights.org/ data-breaches) * 47,205,682-The number of the above that involved healthcare, medical providers, and medical insurance services (privacy rights.org/data-breaches?title= &org_type%5B%5D=258) * About 226 million-The number of active registrations in the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry (as of September 2016); meanwhile, there were 5,340,234 complaints recorded (ftc.gov/system/files/documents/ reports/national-do-not-call-registry-data-book-fiscal-year-2016/dnc_data_book_ fy_2016_post.pdf) * 18,230-The number of edits to Deaths in 2016, the most edited page in Wikipedia in 2016; in second place is Donald Trump, with 8,933 edits (blog .wikimedia.org/2016/12/21/ death-politics-most-edited-articles) * About 62%-The percentage of Americans who "own at least one Internet of Things [IoT] connected device (connected car, connected/smart TV, fitness tracker, home control system or appliance, internet-enabled voice command, smart glasses, smart watch, VR headset, or wearable)," according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which published this survey; "65 percent of them say that they are willing to receive ads on IoT screens" (iab.com/news/ nearly-two-thirds-amerians-least-one-internet-things-connected-device) * 700-The number of motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress "because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance"; the 25 diverse selections for 2016 included Thelma & Louise, The Breakfast Club, and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (loc.gov/ item/prn-16-209/with-20000-leagues-the-national-film-registry-reaches-700/ 2016-12-14) * $1.3 billion (or 15%)-The amount by which box office revenues would increase per year "if piracy could be eliminated from the theatrical window"; "for a small number of movies (about 3% of our sample), pre-release piracy may increase sales relative to a world where piracy coincides with release" (papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers .cfm?abstract_id=2736946; warning: lots of math) * 1st-The position of Deadpool in the list of the 10 most pirated films of 2016; "[f]ive of the six major superhero movies from 2016 are on this list" (slashfilm.com/most-piratedmovies-of-2016) * 39Mbps-The median broadband speed "across all consumers" in the U.S. in 2016; "[s]ubscribers to service tiers exceeding 25 Mbps do not experience further significant decreases in webpage download times" (fcc.gov/reports-research/ reports/measuring-broadband-america/measuring-fixed-broadband-report-2016#block-menu-block-4) * 98%-The percentage of "premium" films available on at least one online service, such as online video-on-demand and TV Everywhere services; 94% of "premium" TV series are likewise available via online services (is.gd/44AbFX) * 28 million-The number of research papers downloaded from Sci-Hub in the 6 months leading up to March 2016; there are roughly 50 million papers in Sci-Hub's collection (sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/ whos-downloading-pirated-papers-everyone) * 2,422,778-The number of freely available articles via the Directory of Open Access Journals (as of mid-January 2017); the directory includes about 9,500 journals (doaj.org) * $5,105-The average subscription price of a chemistry journal in 2016, the most expensive of all the scientific disciplines; journal prices are predicted to rise 5.5%-6.5% in 2017 (lj .libraryjournal.com/2016/04/ publishing/fracking-the-ecosystem-periodicals-price-survey-2016) * $5,700,113-The "library expenditures for collection materials ... for doctoral degree-granting institutions" in 2015; "[o]n average, academic libraries spent 70.4% of their materials budget on subscriptions" (ala.org/news/ member-news/2016/12/ new-acrl-publication-2015-academic-library-trends-and-statistics) * $66,038-The median annual salary of a publishing professional in 2015; "[i]n 2015, men earned an average of $96,000, compared to an average of $61,000 for women" (publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/71506-the-pw-publishing-industry-salary-survey-2016.html) * $56,880-The median annual salary of a librarian in 2015 (www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians .htm) * 2%-The percentage of projected growth in the professional librarian workforce from 2014 to 2024; "[Librarians are needed to assist library patrons in locating information and resources, but growth will be limited by budget constraints in local government and educational services" (www .bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm)

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