Presentations Aug. 18, 2014

Public library engagement in the United States

An overview of three years of research into Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age.

Presentations Jun. 30, 2014

Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology

The new library-user landscape and how librarians can explore it themselves

Library Typology Quiz
Quiz Jun. 9, 2014

What kind of library user are you?

Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.

Presentations Apr. 10, 2014

The Future of Libraries

The seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities.

Presentations Apr. 9, 2014

Millennials and Libraries

Lee Rainie discussed the project’s research about younger Americans and how libraries fit into their lives.

Presentations Apr. 7, 2014

Libraries & the Big Picture: Facts, Trends, & Next!

The Pew Research Center’s next report on public libraries in the digital age is being released in March—an in-depth analysis of library users’ and non-users’ habits and attitudes. Research Associate Kathryn Zickuhr explains the findings and their implications for libraries as they plan for the future.

Report Mar. 13, 2014

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond

A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.

Presentations Jan. 31, 2014

Pew Research Update at ALA Midwinter

Lee Rainie, director of Pew Internet and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is scheduled to discuss Pew Internet’s new report on public libraries at ALA Midwinter

Report Dec. 11, 2013

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, and most of them say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.

Presentations Nov. 12, 2013

Books, libraries, and the changing digital landscape

Kathryn Zickuhr will explore not only how libraries are dealing with the changing technological environment, but also the larger context of Americans’ reading and library habits, and what they expect from libraries in the future.

Presentations Nov. 4, 2013

Reading, writing, and research in the digital age

Kathryn Zickuhr discussed Pew Research’s data on reading, writing, and research in the digital age at the edUi 2013 plenary talk.

Presentations Oct. 29, 2013

The New Library Patron

Library patrons and non-patrons: Who they are, what their information needs are, what kind of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.

Presentations Oct. 21, 2013

Libraries and communities

what types of services Americans value in their libraries and what additional services they would like their libraries to offer.

Presentations Oct. 10, 2013

E-patients and their hunt for health information

How patients and caregivers seek health information in the digital age

Presentations Oct. 3, 2013

The New Library

What people do at libraries and what they’d like libraries to become

Presentations Sep. 26, 2013

The next rural library

Lee Rainie speaks about the Project’s latest research about the way people use libraries and the role they play in their communities.

Presentations Sep. 20, 2013

The Mobile Difference

of Pew Internet’s mobile connectivity findings and their implications for libraries

Presentations Aug. 10, 2013

Library services in the digital age

Research associate Kathryn Zickuhr discussed data from the Pew Research Center’s nationally representative surveys to explore the changing role of libraries in the digital age.

Presentations Jul. 9, 2013

Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading

Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will present on a recent policy report, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. In addition, Pew Intern…

Presentations Jun. 30, 2013

Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success

13 Key Takeaways from Pew Internet’s Libraries Research

Presentations Jun. 29, 2013

The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host Lee Rainie for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The RUSA President’s Program” on Saturday, June 29 at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Presentations Jun. 13, 2013

The reinvention of libraries

Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Internet Project, will present the Project’s latest findings about the changing role of libraries and patrons’ interest in new services. He will also describe Project research on the way people use mobile device…

Presentations May. 10, 2013

Tech trends and library services in the digital age

Research analyst Kathryn Zickuhr discussed key findings from the Pew Research Center’s multi-year study of public libraries, as well as larger trends in how Americans use technology.

Presentations May. 7, 2013

The Power and Relevance of Libraries

At the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie will discuss 11 key takeaways from the Project’s libraries research.

Report May. 1, 2013

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home. Parents are also more likely than other adults to use libraries for services ranging from book borrowing to accessing the internet to attending classes and events—and mothers are considerably more engaged with libraries than fathers.

Presentations Apr. 24, 2013

The changing world of librarians

Lee Rainie discussed the Project’s latest research about how people use technology and how people use libraries, and the implications of this work for libraries.

Presentations Apr. 9, 2013

The 10 Most Important Insights from Pew Internet’s Library Research

Director Lee Rainie spoke at the Computer in Libraries 2013 Conference on Tuesday’s event, during its “Innovative & Awesome Tech” session.

Presentations Feb. 13, 2013

How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age (webinar)

A webinar presenting research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, providing insight on what types of services Americans value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to of…

Presentations Jan. 26, 2013

Pew Internet Research Update at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013

Join Lee Rainie to hear firsthand new findings about library services: what the public wants (and does not want) at libraries, as well as details from library focus groups on how libraries are coping with the new mix of services.

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Infographic Jan. 25, 2013

New library services Americans say they would (or would not) use

We asked people whether they would use a variety of possible new activities and features at libraries. Our list was weighted towards services that are rooted in technology and allow more tech-related interactions with libraries and at them.

Presentations Jan. 23, 2013

Teens and Libraries

Lee Rainie will present Pew Internet data at the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Summit on Libraries & Teens regarding teens libraries in today’s digital world.

Report Jan. 22, 2013

Library Services in the Digital Age

Patrons embrace new technologies—and would welcome more. But many still want printed books to hold their central place.

Report Dec. 31, 2012

Mobile Connections to Libraries

13% of those ages 16 and older have accessed library websites via mobile devices

Commentary Dec. 28, 2012

Internet access at libraries

In a survey this fall, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project asked whether people had accessed the internet at a library in the previous 12 months. Some 26% of those ages 16 and older said they had.

Report Dec. 27, 2012

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%

Report Dec. 20, 2012

Reading Habits in Different Communities

Residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas vary in their purposes for reading, their use of digital content, their engagement with public libraries, and where they turn for book recommendations

Infographic Dec. 20, 2012

Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities

A snapshot of the reading and library habits within the different types of communities studied.

Presentations Nov. 28, 2012

The changing world of libraries

The Project’s latest research about how people use technology and how people use libraries.

Report Oct. 23, 2012

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.

Presentations Oct. 23, 2012

Libraries Transformed: Research on the changing role of libraries

Lee Rainie will describe the latest findings of the Pew Internet Project about libraries and the new mix of services they are offering their patrons—and considering offering.

Presentations Oct. 12, 2012

The Rise of E-Reading

Kathryn presented Pew Internet’s data on e-books at libraries at the 2012 Florida Public Library Directors’ meeting on October 12 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Presentations Oct. 4, 2012

What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet Project?

Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will present Pew Internet data on e-books at libraries to public library staff and researchers at the Library 2.0 virtual conference, including a brand new analysis…

Presentations Jun. 25, 2012

Digital differences

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.

Presentations Jun. 24, 2012

The Rise of E-Reading

Director Lee Rainie shared recent survey findings and other research about the rise of e-books, their impact on people’s reading habits, and the way that library patrons are hoping to avail themselves of e-book borrowing. He also explored general …

Report Jun. 22, 2012

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.

Presentations Jun. 7, 2012

Libraries 2020: Imagining the library of the (not too distant) future

Associate Director Kristen Purcell shares Pew Internet’s latest data on mobile, social networking, and e-reading in her keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference in New York City.

Presentations May. 18, 2012

Books or Nooks? How Americans’ reading habits are shifting in a digital world

Kristen Purcell spoke about Americans’ use of the internet and other digital technologies, and shared highlights from our report on the rise of e-reading.

Presentations May. 10, 2012

Learning in the digital age

Lee Rainie will give the keynote presentation titled “Learning in the Digital Age: Where Libraries Fit In” at the 21st Annual Minitex ILL Conference in Minnesota.

Presentations Apr. 25, 2012

Public libraries in the digital age

Mary Madden and Kathryn Zickuhr presented findings on the rise of e-reading, including reading-device ownership and the general reading habits/preferences of Americans.

Presentations Apr. 19, 2012

Networked libraries serving networked patrons

Director Lee Rainie will give the “Networked libraries” speech at the Biblionext conference in Rome, Italy

Report Apr. 4, 2012

The rise of e-reading

21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

Report Jan. 23, 2012

Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.

Presentations Oct. 18, 2011

Libraries and learning communities (video & slides)

Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the Internet Librarian conference that examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities” – both physical and virtual. Includes video and slides.

Presentations Sep. 23, 2011

Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through Pew Internet data about how teens use the internet, smartphones, and social networking sites. He argued that reading is now 1) raw material for further creati…

Presentations May. 6, 2011

The Networked Librarian (Video & Slides)

Lee Rainie discusses how libraries can be actors in building and participating in social networks through their use of social media and through delivering their time-tested — and trusted — services to their patrons.

Presentations Apr. 7, 2011

Libraries and the New Community Information Ecology (BiblioNews)

Lee Raine talks with Journalism That Matters’ Bill Densmore about how libraries can adjust and thrive in the new media ecosystem.

Presentations Mar. 29, 2011

Information 2.0 and Beyond: Where are we, where are we going?

Trends that are revolutionizing how people consume information and reshaping the public’s expectations about information access and immersion.

Presentations Mar. 23, 2011

How Libraries Add Value to Communities (Video & Slides)

Lee Rainie looks at the value of libraries to their communities. (Now updated with video and slides.)

Presentations Mar. 7, 2011

Networked Individuals, Networked Libraries

Lee Rainie speaks about networked individuals and networked librarians at the annual conference of university librarians in North Carolina

Presentations Nov. 15, 2010

Broadband adoption

Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the “Opportunity Online” meeting of the Colorado Public Computer Centers Launch. He discussed the state of broadband adoption, particularly in rural areas, and how it parallels other online revolutions in mobil…

Presentations Nov. 5, 2010

How libraries can serve networked individuals

Lee Rainie discusses the latest research of the Project and previews the themes of his forthcoming book, “Networking: The New Social Operating System.” He also describes how the social world of “networked individuals” is different from previous ge…

Presentations Sep. 20, 2010

Information on the go

This talk, the keynote address at the Arizona State Library’s E-Reader Summit and Technology Showcase, will highlight trends in mobile internet access, e-reader and tablet computer use, and mobile apps.

Presentations Jul. 29, 2010

My Digital Library: Leveraging Today’s Mobile and Participatory Information Ecosystem

In this international course, Kristen will share data on the growing mobile landscape both globally and in the US, highlight key aspects of today’s changing information ecology, and explore with librarians how they can leverage these two trends in…

Presentations May. 19, 2010

How libraries can survive in the new media ecosystem

Lee Rainie spoke to librarians in Barcelona (May 19, 2010) and Madrid (May 21, 2010) about how libraries can survive in the new media ecosystem. Includes speech text and slides.

Presentations Apr. 12, 2010

Information fluency and imagining the internet

Information permeates all aspects of our lives and this changes people’s behaviors and expectations.

Presentations Feb. 11, 2010

VALA2010: Connections Content Conversations

Director Lee Rainie was invited to be a keynote speaker at VALA2010 in Melbourne.

Presentations Dec. 11, 2009

How to survive in the new media ecology

Trends in the use of digital technology and what they mean to museums.

Presentations Oct. 30, 2009

Surviving in the new information ecology

Lee discusses the latest findings of the Pew Internet Project and why they suggest that libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future.

Presentations Oct. 22, 2009

The New Library User and how to Serve Her (and Him)

A look at the new needs and experiences of information seekers and media makers

Presentations Oct. 21, 2009

The Magic of Social Networks

Libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future.

Presentations Oct. 2, 2009

State of the Internet 2009: Pew Internet Project Findings and Implications for Libraries

As the internet population has matured over time, binary distinctions between those who are online and offline have given way to a more robust understanding of the assets, actions and attitudes that affect user experience.

Presentations Sep. 29, 2009

Knowledge Workers and the Internet (Podcast)

Lee Rainie did a podcast with Inmagic about the latest research of the Pew Internet Project.

Presentations May. 12, 2009

Podcast: Is the Internet a Great Tool of Democracy?

Director Lee Rainie spoke with Library Beat about the social impact of the Internet, recent research, and reasons why librarians will survive in the new media ecosystem.

Presentations Mar. 30, 2009

Friending Libraries: Why libraries can become nodes in people’s social networks

Lee Rainie discussed Pew Internet’s latest tech-user findings and why they suggest that libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future.

Commentary Jan. 16, 2009

Libraries and the new information ecosystem

The world that libraries and other organizations face can be seen as a new information ecosystem to which they can adapt.

Presentations Jan. 14, 2009

How libraries can survive in the new media ecosystem

This speech pulls together Pew Internet Project data about how people’s use of the internet and cell phones has fundamentally changed the “information ecosystem” in 10 ways.

Presentations Apr. 18, 2008

The role of libraries in the digital age

This presentation was an overview of Pew Internet Project findings about the changing structure of information and communication in the digital age, the role that libraries play in helping people solve problems, and the broader roles that librarie…

Commentary Apr. 14, 2008

Libraries Solve Problems

Can libraries hack it in the internet age? A Pew Internet study finds that the public says “yes, and there are further ‘market opportunities’ to explore.”

Presentations Apr. 7, 2008

Libraries Solve Problems

This presentation focuses on the Project’s findings about the role of libraries when Americans are trying to solve problems.

Presentations Feb. 6, 2008

The Internet and Libraries: Snapshots from a new media landscape

Research conducted by The Pew Internet & American Life Project examines the growing role of technology in our lives, our changing expectations about how to find and use information, and the impact younger generations will have on libraries and oth…