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Pew report on library usage

Posted by Miranda on January 1, 2008

A post over on David Warlick’s blog Web Generation Uses Libraries… led me to start doing some looking around. The post refers to an article in the Raleigh News & Observer about a study done recently by Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Now it’s funny because the article doesn’t really draw any conclusion, the main thrust is this statistic: that 21% of Americans with questions related to health, job training, government benefits have gone to a library to get those questions answered.
But it’s quotable quote comes from Lee Rainie, Pew’s director:
“The age of books isn’t yet over”

Computerworld, reporting on the same study, concentrates on the fact that while at the library, 65% of respondents looked up information on the Internet on library computers. It also reports that 62% used computers to check on library resources, which to my mind is one of the most meaningless statistics ever. Even our little library in town keeps its card catalog on a computer these days, I mean you can’t check library resources except with a computer.

I just think it’s funny the way things get filtered according to what the writer wants to see..
According to the Pew site:

The focus of the survey was how Americans address common problems that might be linked to government.

not on library usage in general.

Well draw your own conclusions. The pdf of the report can be downloaded here and so can the original questionnaire.

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