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Fast Facts

Gary Pattillo is reference librarian at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, e-mail: pattillo@email.unc.edu

Postsecondary employment outcomes

New data show male first-time bachelor’s degree recipients who were employed full time 12 months after they graduated had a median annual income of $41,600. For females, the median annual income was $37,400. Among 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree recipients who were employed full time 12 months after graduating, 47 percent had a salaried job and 75 percent had a job that offered benefits.

Erin Velez, Terry Lew, Erin Thomsen, Katie Johnson, Jennifer Wine, and Jennifer Cooney, “Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B:16/17): A First Look at the Employment and Educational Experiences of College Graduates, 1 Year Later (NCES 2019-241), “U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019241 (retrieved September 23, 2019).

Remote working

A new study finds “69 percent of younger gen managers (composed of Millennials primarily, with early Gen Z managers included as well) have team members who are allowed to work remotely. Among those who approve remote work options, 74 percent reported having team members who spend a significant portion of their time conducting their jobs remotely, whereas only 58 percent of Baby Boomers have workers who work a significant portion of their time remotely. Younger gen managers are 28 percent more likely to utilize remote workers than Baby Boomers, and believe that two out of five full-time employees will work remotely within the next three years. By 2028, the study projects that 73 percent of all teams will have remote workers.”

Upwork, “Third Annual ‘Future Workforce Report’ Sheds Light on How Younger Generations Are Reshaping the Future of Work,” Press Release, News & Media Coverage, March 5, 2019, https://www.upwork.com/press/2019/03/05/third-annual-future-workforce-report (retrieved September 23, 2019).

Adult literacy in the United States

Forty-three million U.S adults possess low English literacy skills. U.S.-born adults make up 66 percent of adults with low levels of English literacy skills in the United States. Non-U.S.-born adults comprise 34 percent of the population with low literacy skills.

Saida Mamedova and Emily Pawlowski, “Adult Literacy in the United States,” (NCES 2019179), Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), National Center for Education Statistics, July 2, 2019, https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019179 (retrieved September 23, 2019).

Top ILL novels

The top six novels requested via interlibrary loan between 2014 and 2019 are: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr; A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman; The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins; Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes; Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline; and A Gentleman in Moscow, by Armor Towles.

Tony Melvyn, “The Owned and the Loaned—Comparing Top Novels by Holdings vs. ILL,” OCLC Next (blog), June 19, 2019, www.oclc.org/blog/main/the-owned-and-the-loaned-comparing-top-novels-by-holdings-vs-ill (retrieved September 23, 2019).

Top cited books

The top six most cited books in Web of Science from 1900–2019 are: The Theory of Island Biogeography Monographs in Population Biology, by Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson; Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis, by Hadley Wickham; Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, by Edward O. Wilson; Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning, by Carl E. Rasmussen and Christopher K. I. Williams; and Numerical Optimization, Second Edition, by J. Nocedal and Stephen J. Wright.

Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), (search retrieved September 23, 2019).

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