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Not sure what took so long but FitBit finally e-mailed me an info graphic for my 2015 stats. Better late than never.
Yes folks, here we are again for those of you interested in my reading stats for the previous year. From the looks of it I read a fewer number of titles, and a fewer number of pages than in 2013. I’m mainly blaming the significantly higher number of comics I read this year, which I did not keep track of. However the numbers are up significantly for graphic novels and I read nearly twice as many books by/including female authors over the previous year. My reading habits still lean heavily toward male authors, but I’m aware of the discrepancy. If you’re interested in what books I read, most of them can be found on my Books Read in 2014 Pinterest board. (The 2015 board is up and awaiting its first pin for those wanting to keep track in 2015.)
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The visual.ly service now has a service to create an infographic based on your site’s Google Analytics. Once you’ve created the first one you have the ability to have a new one e-mailed to you once a week. Here’s the first one I just created as an example.
Last week Stephen Abram posted these info-graphics about libraries from OCLC:
As Stephen said, “we big”. These numbers are wonderful and impressive. But please, don’t show them as is to your patrons.
Take off your librarian hat and be a patron for a moment. What is a “transaction” in a library? One book checked out? One person checking out several items at once? Is asking where the bathroom is a transaction? Honestly, I’m not sure I know the answer. Never mind the difference between a “transaction” and a “back-office transaction”.
What’s an OPAC? Isn’t an OPAC a database? Are those “Database searches” included in the number of “OPAC searches” or are they separate?
Maybe we as librarians know what all this means (and I’m not even sure we can with these numbers being posted out of context,) but just a bunch of large numbers won’t do you any good unless those reading the numbers actually understand them.
The folks at Royal Pingdom have gathered a bunch of interesting stats about the Internet in the year that has recently passed. Head on over to the full article for all the numbers but here’s a sample of the ones I found particularly interesting:
Ok, I should have posted this a few weeks ago but I’ve been busy. (Can you tell I’m link dumping today?)
According to Technorati, 175,000 new blogs are born every day. Bloggers post 18 new updates every second.
Now that 2007 is over I can post all the stats I kept regarding my reading habits of the past 365 days. In 2007 I kept more detailed records so I’m just just relating “here’s the number of books I read”. The stats for 2007 are:
A few notes on these numbers. The total number of authors will be higher than the total number of books since some books had multiple authors. These numbers do not include magazines and non-fiction articles. Also, I consider audiobooks “reading” though they can’t be included in the page count.
Lastly, I’m totally surprised at the very low number of female authors that make up my reading habits. It isn’t intentional but this is the first year I’ve tracked author gender so I don’t know if it’s typical or not.
Here’s to a book-filled 2008!
Update 2 Jan 2008: The nubmers have been fixed.
It’s my last day @ BCR and there’s not much left for me to do. So, I’ve pulled together some numbers (thanks Stephanie) that might be on interest. Basically, the numbers say that in the past 9.5 years I’ve presented 686 live workshops with a attendee total of approximately 7256. That’s an average of 69 workshops and 726 students per year. (Of course, this short year is throwing off the averages.) The number of online workshops and presentations is around 100 but considering that we just started doing those about three years ago, that’s not too bad. (I don’t have attendee numbers available for the online classes.) Add to those numbers a few dozen conference presentations at the local, state, and national level where attendance was not recorded. (I believe my reference presentation at Computers in Libraries 2000 and the Second Life presentation at IL2006 both topped 400 attendees each.) So, I’ve met a lot of people and unfortunately, don’t remember most of your names. (Don’t take it personally, I have a problem when it comes to remembering names until after several meetings.)
I’ll just throw out a few other numbers just for fun. Number of BCR bosses: 3. Number of BCR directors: 2. Number of computer bags/backpacks I’ve been through: 6.