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.
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.)
Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology
The new library-user landscape and how librarians can explore it themselves
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.
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.
“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.