December 30, 2007

Information Searches That Solve Problems

Acknowledgments

About the Library Research Center, Graduate School for Library and Information Science, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign: The Graduate School of Library and Information Science is the top-ranked such school in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report (2006).  Established in 1961 to provide statistical support for state and public libraries, the Library Research Center focuses on library trends, community analyses for libraries and policy outcomes.  Its clients include members of the publishing industry, library vendors, library associations, individual libraries, government agencies, foundation and others. Lauren C. Teffeau and Megan Mustafoff were especially helpful in development of this grant, survey, and report.  Its website: http://lrc.lis.uiuc.edu/web/index.html

About the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Project produces reports that explore the social impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.  Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center. The project’s website: www.pewinternet.org. Amy Tracy Wells was especially helpful in analyzing data and helping prepare the report.

About Princeton Survey Research Associates International: PSRAI conducted the survey that is covered in this report. It is an independent research company specializing in social and policy work. The firm designs, conducts, and analyzes surveys worldwide. Its expertise also includes qualitative research and content analysis. With offices in Princeton, N.J. and Washington, D.C., PSRA serves the needs of clients around the nation and the world. The firm can be reached at 911 Commons Way, Princeton, NJ 08540, by telephone at 609-924-9204, by fax at 609-924-7499, or by email at ResearchDC@PSRA.com. Jonathan Best, Julie Gasior, Jennifer Su and Brian Kenney were critical to the collection and analysis of the survey.

About the Institute for Museum and Library Services: Funding for this survey and report came from the IMLS under grant award number LG-06-05-0398-05. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. Its website is: http://www.imls.gov/index.shtm.