Libraries at the Crossroads
Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.
Public Libraries and Hispanics
Hispanic immigrants are less likely than U.S.-born Hispanics, whites and blacks to use public libraries. But Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to public libraries stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer.
The Next Library and the People Who Will Use It
The latest findings from the Pew Research Center’s library research and the implications of that research for the future of libraries
The Internet of Things and what it means for librarians
Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. Lee Rainie shares the latest research from Pew about libraries and puts it into context with the expanding Internet of Things.
Younger Americans and Public Libraries
How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities
Public library engagement in the United States
An overview of three years of research into Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age.
Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology
The new library-user landscape and how librarians can explore it themselves
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.
The Future of Libraries
The seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities.
Millennials and Libraries
Lee Rainie discussed the project’s research about younger Americans and how libraries fit into their lives.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Libraries and communities
what types of services Americans value in their libraries and what additional services they would like their libraries to offer.
E-patients and their hunt for health information
How patients and caregivers seek health information in the digital age
The New Library
What people do at libraries and what they’d like libraries to become
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.
The Mobile Difference
of Pew Internet’s mobile connectivity findings and their implications for libraries
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.
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…
Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success
13 Key Takeaways from Pew Internet’s Libraries Research
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile Connections to Libraries
13% of those ages 16 and older have accessed library websites via mobile devices
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.
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%
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
Reading & Library Habits in Different Communities
A snapshot of the reading and library habits within the different types of communities studied.
The changing world of libraries
The Project’s latest research about how people use technology and how people use libraries.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Networked libraries serving networked patrons
Director Lee Rainie will give the “Networked libraries” speech at the Biblionext conference in Rome, Italy
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Networked Individuals, Networked Libraries
Lee Rainie speaks about networked individuals and networked librarians at the annual conference of university librarians in North Carolina
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
Information fluency and imagining the internet
Information permeates all aspects of our lives and this changes people’s behaviors and expectations.
VALA2010: Connections Content Conversations
Director Lee Rainie was invited to be a keynote speaker at VALA2010 in Melbourne.
How to survive in the new media ecology
Trends in the use of digital technology and what they mean to museums.
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.
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
The Magic of Social Networks
Libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future.
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.
Knowledge Workers and the Internet (Podcast)
Lee Rainie did a podcast with Inmagic about the latest research of the Pew Internet Project.
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.
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.
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.