—Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet Project, quoted in What do Americans want from their libraries? Here’s our chance to find out
For years researchers at the Pew Internet & American Life Project have been tracking changes in our information ecosystem. Now they’ll be looking at the habits and expectations of library users—and nonusers. [next libraries]
How to participate in our new study:
There are two ways to get involved in the Pew Internet Project’s research on American libraries.
- For the first phase of the study, which will begin in the next few months, Rainie will need to identify people who use ebook readers and tablets in libraries. Participants will be asked about their reading habits, how they use their ereaders with library materials, and what the experience is like for them. If you know of ebook-reading patrons who would be willing to participate, contact Rainie at lrainie [at] pewinternet [dot] org.
- For the second phase of the study, which will happen in mid- to late 2012, the Pew Internet Project will be surveying both librarians and community members about library services. Rainie wants to hear from a diverse set of librarians about services they’re now offering, services they’re contemplating, and services they may be seeing less demand for. If you’re a librarian who would like to participate, contact Rainie at lrainie [at] pewinternet [dot] org.
Our latest report explores recent trends in app downloads: Who uses apps? What do they download? Who pays for apps—and how much? Read more…
Another great tidbit from the report, as reported by TechJournal:
In February of 2010, Pew Internet reported for the first time that laptops had overtaken desktops in popularity among 18-29 year-olds, and in the current survey, laptop ownership (57%) has equaled desktop ownership (55%) for the full adult population.
Be sure to watch our director, Lee Rainie, on “This Week in Libraries,” where he and John Seely Brown spoke about the process of knowledge aquisition, networked objects, librarians as data analysts, and more!
"There’s been a huge revolution in learning environments because technology has now blown up the familiar, traditional models about how learning takes place." -LR
Library Journal executive editor Rebecca Miller, on a study from LJ’s new Patron Profiles publication. The quarterly will follow ebook trends over the next year, with future releases including: “Mobile Devices, Mobile Content, and Library Apps,” “Library Web Sites and Virtual Services,” and “Media Consumption and Library Use.”
Infographic of changing reading habits, based on the results of a poll of 2,183 adults surveyed online between July 11 and 18, 2011 by Harris Interactive.
Additionally, among those who say they read at least one book in an average year, three-quarters say they read both fiction (76%) and non-fiction (76%).
Among fiction categories:
Among non-fiction categories;