New US libraries survey reports public "thinks libraries are important to communities"
A report on Libraries at the Crossroads was published yesterday by the Pew Research Center. The results come from a survey of 2,004 Americans aged 16+, which was carried out in spring 2015. The researchers note that use of libraries "edged downward over the past three years" but many positive messages came through. For example "85% of Americans say that libraries should “definitely” coordinate with schools in providing resources for children." "65% maintain that libraries contribute to helping people decide what information they can trust." "78% of those 16 and older say libraries should “definitely” offer programs to teach people how to use digital tools such as computers, smartphones and apps."
Full report at http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/09/15/libraries-at-the-crossroads/ Photo by Sheila Webber: lemon meringue pie, Brogyllen cafe, Gothenburg, September 2015