Kathryn Zickuhr is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. She studies the social impact of technology, focusing on the changing role of public libraries in Americans’ lives and communities in the era of digital content.
Public library engagement in urban, suburban, and rural communities
What does library engagement look like in different community types?
Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access”
Some 77% of Americans now think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community. (For comparison, 80% of Americans say the same thing about books.)
How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country?
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries
The New York Public Library recently announced that it is rethinking its controversial plans to turn parts of its 42nd Street location into a public lending library. Public libraries across the country are grappling with similar issues of how central their collections of books should be as they strive to add digital services, expand learning resources, and serve as all-purpose community spaces.
A new way of looking at public library engagement in America
Highlights from our new report exploring the spectrum of Americans’ engagement with public libraries.
How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities
54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities.
New reading data from the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently released the findings of its latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in July 2012. It found 58% of all American adults ages 18 and older had engaged in “voluntary reading” within the past year.
Who has home broadband? New data and resources
Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have broadband at home as of May 2013. Another 3% of adults go online at home via dial-up, and one in ten adults (10%) lacks home broadband but does own a smartphone.
Our latest research on teens and technology
We’ve published several new reports on teens (ages 12-17) and technology over the past few months, with lots of great findings based on our nationally representative surveys as well as insights from in-person focus groups.
Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.