The Future of Libraries
A new report just released from the Pew Internet & American Life Project looks at what the future public library might look like: digital books? mobile apps? customized recommendations a la Netflix or Pandora?
Among other findings, the report looks at the demographics of library use: Compared to whites, African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to say libraries are important to them and their families, to say libraries are important to their communities, to access the internet at the library (and feel internet access is a very important service libraries provide), to use library internet access to hunt/apply for jobs, and to visit libraries just to sit and read or study.