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Friday Poll ~ What Do You Write On, Computer or Paper?


Writing on a computer

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writing on paper

Image Courtesy of Raphael Pinto

First, last week’s poll…

There are a lot of results so, after the tallying up, this week’s poll will be short :-)

I’m going to start at the bottom and work up:

No one voted for “I sometimes travel out of town to visit a library.”

Each of the following got just over 3%:

I regularly socialize at a library
I never study/write at a library
I sometimes read at a library
I regularly read at a library
I never check out materials other than books at a library
I sometimes check out materials other than books at a library
I never check out books at a library
I regularly travel out of town to visit a library
I never visit a local library

Each of the following got just over 6%:

I sometimes socialize at a library
I sometimes study/write at a library
I regularly study/write at a library
I never read at a library
I regularly check out materials other than books at a library
I sometimes check out books at a library
I regularly check out books at a library
I never travel out of town to visit a library
I sometimes visit a local library
I regularly visit a local library

And, the most voted for was “I never socialize at a library.”

Plus, we had one comment in the poll:
“I wish some folks would not ‘socialise’ at libraries. My local library has become like an extended version of Maccas…..coffee, chips, burgers and great conversation – just not a good place to do what a library is for .. research, read, contemplate and work. It is no longer a place of quiet learning :-) ”

Now, this week’s poll  >>> “Computer” could be Desk or Laptop or Tablet or Pad :

Something to think about, whatever you write on:

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
Cyril Connoly

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10 responses to “Friday Poll ~ What Do You Write On, Computer or Paper?

  1. Salvatore Pope Ritondo September 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Fascinating poll. I am a librarian and many of my social networking friends are as well. We were all students together at one point, and now we are every type of librarian imaginable. The University libraries have clung onto a model of socialization offering concerts, coffee shops, and floors where moderate talking is permitted even encouraged. They still have quiet floors and quiet areas. So I have never considered this an issue. I just consider it a change to survive with the under 30’s. Public libraries are adding programming and employment centers that could allow socialization, but many patrons while louder than ever before in a library setting, are still not there for socializing. Public librarians I know, have told me their young patrons love the louder library, their older patrons hate it. I spoke to perhaps three such librarians via facebook so that is by no means a scientific measure.
    You can still hear a pin drop in a law library or medical library but sadly many are not open to the public.
    My library, a prison library, permits talking and group programs. People o socialize at a reasonable volume.
    I was glad ‘visiting libraries’ finished higher in your poll. I am biased, but I believe in the value of libraries as an advancement in peace, and love!
    I was shocked people don’t read at their libraries, a lot of money is being sunk into making people want to sit and read comfortably.
    Anyhoo my two cents!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Well, Sal, thank you, So Much, for giving us your expert observations and opinions!!

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  2. Salvatore Pope Ritondo September 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    No one voted for “I sometimes travel out of town to visit a library.”
    I did and find it to be incredible. I have visited every public library on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in just over three years.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Again, Sal, Thank You—the views of someone “on the inside” of the issue is salutary :-)

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  3. Jane Watson September 29, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I am one of the “older patrons”,lol, who’d like some quiet ….but…I’d also like there to be areas where folks can talk and connect and relax. The problem is that my local library, which was just refurbished at a cost of around 20 million, ‘upgraded’ their facilities to make all areas social and there are no places to actually work in quiet, apart from one tiny room that you have to book in advance (and which is then not available to others who want quiet). I personally feel let down by this, because I think that my local library has a responsibility to provide a place for folks who cannot work in quiet at home i.e. they should be the study away from home as well as the talking place away from home :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

      Good on ya, Jane :-)

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    • Salvatore Pope Ritondo September 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I agree Jane! If I had to pinpoint the one place that is of concern with the future of libraries it is the quiet concept. Unlike the evolution of Academic libraries the public libraries are forgetting about ‘Quiet Floors’, ‘Quiet hours’, ‘Quiet Rooms’, etc etc. I know in many cases the Public library is smaller, but the quiet concept is still easily added.

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