What kind of library user are you?
“Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or completely “Off the Grid”?
The Pew Research Internet Project has created a library engagement quiz so users can learn how their library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.
“The Library User Quiz is a condensed version of the questions asked in the Pew Research Internet Project’s nationally representative survey of 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older in September 2013.
You can learn more about the findings from that survey in the full library engagement typology report.” –Pew Research Internet Project
Take the Library User Quiz!
Canadian author, Alice Munro, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Read more about it here.
On April 18 The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform. Read the press release.
A search today for “cape cod” returns 433 results – images, text, moving images. It will grow. Explore, have fun! http://dp.la/
From The Digital Public Library of America website:
“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
From Library Services in the Digital Age, a report released on January 22, 2013 by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:
“The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of
patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books
remain important in the digital age.”
Takeaways from the Pew Research study on libraries
ALA President welcomes new Pew report on ‘Library Services in the Digital Age’