Newspaper readers asked to vote on favorite newspapers

October 24, 2011

Students, faculty, and staff: Penn State's University Libraries want to know what newspapers you read when you visit the News and Microforms Library. Your opinion counts, as it will influence important title purchase and cancellation decisions as well as determine the number of copies made available to readers.

To vote each time you are in the News and Microforms Library, tear off one slip for every issue of a newspaper you read and insert it in the nearby “Cast Your Vote” ballot boxes in 21 Pattee Library, west. Votes will be tallied on a week-by-week and title-by-title basis, and the survey will continue through spring semester 2012.

According to Debora Cheney, Foster Librarian and head of the News and Microforms Library, "Our last newspaper survey in fall 2009, provided statistics as well as data on changing readership patterns."

Among other initiatives, the results of the last survey allowed the library to:

-- Document the usage of the collection, thereby maintaining a robust collection when other academic libraries newspaper collections have declined;

-- Compare readership of print newspapers in the News and Microforms Library with online readership in the databases offered, including PressDisplay, Access World News (Newsbank), LexisNexis, and Factiva, and the result was the addition of newspapers for regions/countries where readership was high online;

-- Discontinue newspapers with low readership in order to add newspapers that will be more heavily read and used by students and faculty; and

-- Print more newspapers with higher demand to better serve readers.

For more information, visit or contact Debora Cheney at 814-863-1345.

Last Updated October 31, 2011