Lee Rainie, Pew Research
People like and trust librarians. People think libraries level the playing field, provide services that are hard to get elsewhere, have become tech hubs.
People who used libraries in the last year down slightly from three years ago. Senior citizens less likely to use libraries. Parents love libraries.
People say the library has a major impact in the community, but fewer people say the library has a major impact on their own families.
People believe libraries have kept up with technology, millennials most of all.
people think libraries promote literacy. People think libraries help find info in various subjects, including health, new tech, community info, jobs.
new findings from survey still in the field:
most people believe they are lifelong learners. These are potential library users!
they are reading, going to conferences, etc.
they want to learn something new, help others, earn income, help kids.
people don’t know about many of the services libraries offer, such as e-books.
libraries could help with online certification courses.
other ideas, with various amounts of support: help businesses, have 3-d printers, teach about privacy and security online.
on the other hand: people still want places for quiet and solitude.
No idiot-proof way to march into the future. Everyone’s struggling with it.