The Internet in numbers

For those of you with more than a passing interest in statistics, ‘Royal Pingdom’ has released it’s statistics of the Internet for 2010. All the stats you wanted and never needed to know are here. Here’s a taste of some of them:

107 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2010.
294 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
1.88 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
89.1% – The share of emails that were spam

Websites and users
255 million – The number of websites as of December 2010. (That’s sites, not webpages, there are billions of webpages).
1.97 billion – Internet users worldwide (June 2010).
21.3 million – Internet users in Oceania / Australia. Given the total population of Oceania is only around 33million, that’s a tremendous percentage!

Social media
600 million – People on Facebook at the end of 2010.
30 billion – Pieces of content (links, notes, photos, etc.) shared on Facebook per month
152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
25 billion – Number of sent tweets on Twitter in 2010

There’s a massive amount of communication going on online.

There’s also a lot of spam! (about 95 Billion being sent a year)

The Magic Million

In 2010 thbookse Library lent out more than one million items … 1,134,217 to be precise. Of these we checked out 230,000 Adult Fiction novels, 220,000 DVDs, 165,000 Adult Non-Fiction books, 76,000 magazines and 21,000 graphic novels.

And then 1,133,780 items were returned to us … all of which had to be placed back in the right spot on the shelf.  Over a quarter of a million items (266,650) came back late.

And yet, we don’t always have the item you want when you visit us. And so, patrons placed 106,234 reservations/holds on books that were already checked out and we also ordered approx 2,500 InterLibrary Loans from other libraries … and supplied about the same number.

Back in 1975

It’s clean up week this week across Council, and  everyone is participating.  While going through old files in the filing cabinet  I found this visual representation of library statistics that plots the changes in loans, borrowers, staffing and total book stock from 1975 through to 1985.

Here are some statistics about the library service as it was in 1975 from the graph and statistics we collected at the end of the previous financial year 08/09: 

Book stock  1975: 27,787     2009: 141, 477

Active borrowers  1975:  2713     2009: 38,190

Loans  1975:  11138     2009: 1,195,086

What a difference!

A snapshot of the Library for 2009.

In 2009

… the Library welcomed 399,176 people through the door …
… including 5,154 new borrowers.

We checked out 1,168,694 items …
… and checked-in (and reshelved) 1,171,228 items.

Patrons placed 108,702 reservations/holds.

Our cataloguers added 27,892 new items to the collection …
… and we deleted 26,118 old, warn out and damaged ones.

We ordered approx 2,500 InterLibrary Loans from other libraries …

… and 23,835 people attended Library Programs.

Yep, that felt like a really busy year … take a deep breath though, because its all about to start once again.