“Few institutions have been more challenged by the rise of the internet and mobile connectivity than the local library,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. “Many libraries have responded with innovations and sweeping overhauls in the way they deliver on their missions. With the Gates Foundation’s support, the Pew Internet Project will provide an in-depth, data-driven analysis of how libraries are responding to technology trends, and how communities' expectations are changing at a time when library functions are in flux.”Here is a sample of the data from the Pew report. You can read the entire report at this link.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Who owns e-readers?
A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project provides an interesting look at who is using tablets and e-readers and at what rate these new technologies are being adopted. The report is part of a larger effort, funded by the Gates Foundation, to "study how the role of public libraries is changing in the digital age and how library patrons’ needs and expectations are shifting." From the news release: