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.
Notes from ALA 2012
Director Lee Rainie shared findings from our new report on e-book lending at libraries at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 24. He also discussed general reading trends, the rise of e-books, and library patrons’ experiences with e-book borrowing. Research Specialist Kathryn Zickuhr also discussed our research at a session of the ALA’s Spectrum Leadership Institute on Monday, June 25.
Libraries, patrons, and e-books: A guide to our new report
As you may know, we recently published a big report about e-book lending at libraries. We’ll have some posts exploring different aspects of the report in the coming weeks, but you can also read the entire report online (or download the PDF, if you prefer). And if you want to jump to a specific section, here’s a brief outline of the findings.
At an ALA Spectrum Leadership Institute session in Anaheim, CA, Research Specialist Kathryn Zickuhr will discuss trends in technology access and use among various demographic groups, and what these changes might mean for libraries.
Libraries, patrons, and e-books
12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Those who use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware they can borrow e-books.
Older adults and internet use
For the first time, half of American adults ages 65 and older are online.
Three-quarters of smartphone owners use location-based services
74% of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and 18% use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends
E-books aren’t just for e-readers: A deep dive into the data
While there is a tendency to associate e-books with dedicated e-reading devices, we found that among people who read e-books, just as many read their e-books on a desktop or laptop computer as on an e-book reader like a Kindle or Nook—and more people read e-books on their cell phones than on tablet computers.
Do you borrow e-books from your local public library?
If you check out or download e-books from your local public library, please take our qualitative online survey and tell us about your experiences!
Print books vs. e-books: Which is better for what
Our recent e-reading report has received a lot of attention over the past week, and one section in particular that seemed to spark conversation was our “print vs. e-books” showdown. When does print win out over e-books (and vice versa?)
While increased internet adoption and the rise of mobile connectivity have reduced many gaps in technology access over the past decade, for some groups digital disparities still remain