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WebJunction Survey Results: Ever wonder what your library colleagues wish they knew?

By Janet Salma | July 14th, 2008 | 2 Comments

Creative Commons Question Mark photo by Jan Tik on Flickr http://flickr.com/photos/jantik/279815194/Thanks so much if you took a moment to answer WebJunction’s recent survey! We very much appreciate the 2,000-plus responses from the United States, Canada, and across the globe.

We were excited to hear that 73 percent of you visit WebJunction at least monthly, and almost half of you have bookmarked WebJunction on your internet browsers. An overwhelming majority of users report that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their WebJunction experience and would recommend WebJunction to their colleagues.

When asked, “What skill or knowledge would you like to add to your expertise to help you in your work?” the WebJunction community had a lot to say. Here’s what they say they wish they knew more about:

  • Keeping up with new technology
  • Keeping up with library trends, including Library 2.0
  • Web design and development
  • Basic computer skills
  • Computer programming
  • Networking, esp, wireless
  • Time management (including email management)
  • Cataloging
  • Office applications, especially Excel
  • Open source applications
  • Computer troubleshooting
  • “Web 2.0″, social tools
  • Personnel management
  • Customer service/ dealing with difficult patrons
  • Spanish Language (learning it)
  • Grants (finding, writing) and other fundraising skills
  • Marketing (especially marketing/outreach materials)
  • Budgeting & financial planning

For our part, the WebJunction staff will use these survey results to guide our work in offering courses, and to recruit experts to write articles and host webinars for the WebJunction community. If you have expertise, knowledge or skills in these areas, your library colleagues need you! The next WebJunction is going to open up a door to your sharing policies, practices, documents, and ideas with your colleagues in brand new and exciting ways!

Stay tuned!

Photo credit: Creative commons flickr photo by Jan Tik