Highlights From The Library Front Desk
As Faunalytics’ resident librarian, sometimes I like to imagine myself sitting in a vast room, full of bookshelves. Those bookshelves, chock full of research on animal advocacy issues, are free to any and all who choose to access them. As they walk in and browse the shelves, I’m there at the front desk, ready to answer questions and help find things in the collection.
Of course, the Faunalytics Research Library is not a physical space — it’s digital, and in many ways, far more accessible than a physical building could be. Like a library, it’s free to use and access, and though there is no official front desk, my work desk serves as a replacement. I even host weekly Office Hours, where you can visit my virtual desk, ask me questions, and get direct support.
Since joining Faunalytics in 2014, I estimate that I’ve personally written over 1,000 study summaries, as well as a large set of blog posts. In addition, we have been blessed with an veritable army of incredible volunteer writers over the years, some of whom have contributed study summaries in the triple digits. I’m proud to share that this past December, we added the 5,000th entry to our library! We wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support of people willing to donate their time and skills to help us share content with advocates — to celebrate this major milestone, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources from this vast collection, from my time as a curator and writer, and beyond.
The Quiet Powerhouses
No matter how much you might want to stay up to date on everything in the Research Library, it’s a tall order: we publish four study summaries and one blog every week, year after year — that adds up to about 250 new entries annually. It’s hard for even the most dedicated advocates to keep up with all of the data out there, and many studies may slip under the radar. The following are some summaries that really shine, but never got the attention they deserved.
The Sleeper Hits
With 5,000 studies in our library, you would think that the factors that make a certain entry rise to the top would be obvious. However, we regularly see older or unexpected study summaries catch fire and garner thousands of pageviews, often unexpectedly. Some of these studies have become our most popular resources, regularly topping our year-end statistics, with virtually no promotion.
And finally, we come to the classics. A “classic” library summary would be something I consider to be highly informative, actionable, and well-known. You may remember these studies and summaries from when you first saw them, and they consistently get shared, even years after publication.
The Research Library is one of Faunalytics’ flagship programs, and in 2022 garnered over 500,000 pageviews. As we crest 5,000 entries and start building towards 5,000 more, we’re in the process of making some changes that will further improve the user experience, including an improved search function, better tagging, and clearer organization. Like a physical library, sometimes we need to assess the way things are shelved, reorganize the collection, and evaluate how accessible it all is. Here’s to many more years of our library, and to helping animal advocates inform themselves and each other about the best way to do their work.
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