Pew Internet

Jul 11

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Jul 09

Many library staff members say they see the role of a public library enabling access to information, regardless of format. 
Our data shows that 91% of Americans have either used a public library at some point in their life, or say someone else in their household uses a public library. Among them, 77% of Americans who use the internet but lack home access say computer and internet access at their public library is important to them and their family.
An article in the New York Times yesterday explored some of the ways patrons of the Clason’s Point Library branch in the Bronx rely on the library’s internet access—even when the library itself is closed.
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Many library staff members say they see the role of a public library enabling access to information, regardless of format. 

Our data shows that 91% of Americans have either used a public library at some point in their life, or say someone else in their household uses a public library. Among them, 77% of Americans who use the internet but lack home access say computer and internet access at their public library is important to them and their family.

An article in the New York Times yesterday explored some of the ways patrons of the Clason’s Point Library branch in the Bronx rely on the library’s internet access—even when the library itself is closed.

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NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Has Made History in the Most Remarkable Way -

On Tuesday, NASA made an exciting announcement: Its Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was first launched in 1977, is cruising interstellar space, which the agency describes as “a region between the stars filled with a thin soup of charged particles, also known as plasma.” While Voyager 1 still technically remains within the solar system, this is the furthest that a human spacecraft has ever traveled — and the first time that one has ever entered a new cosmic realm.

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Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them -

How did our online quiz-takers compare with the results of our nationally representative telephone survey? One unsurprising finding: If you take a quiz called “What kind of library user are you?”, you probably know the answer.

Just in time someone like me -

Wisdom from Susannah Fox.

Jul 08

mcchris replied to your photo:2 of every 2 U.S. households have only wireless…
I believe there’s an error here. Should it be one of every two?

Right you are about the typo — should be 2 of every 5. Very different meaning otherwise! Thanks so much.

2 of every 5 U.S. households have only wireless phones, but the growth rate of wireless-only households slowed last year.

2 of every 5 U.S. households have only wireless phones, but the growth rate of wireless-only households slowed last year.

Jul 07

6 Early iPhone Mockups That Were Dead Wrong -

“To realize its full potential, the Internet, as a medium and infrastructure (cables, etc.), has to be redefined, legislated, and maintained as a public domain where freedom of speech operates fully. Access to the Internet should be guaranteed globally in the same way as education, healthcare, food, and housing are guaranteed now in some countries.” — An associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, on future threats to the Net by 2025

Jul 03

More expert thoughts on Net threats in the future

More expert thoughts on Net threats in the future

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Jul 02

Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result -

New on the Fact Tank blog: Rich Morin discusses Facebook’s “emotional content” newsfeed experiment — what did they actually find? Was it ethical?

Jun 30

How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country? -

Calling all librarians, educators, civic leaders, or members of the public who are interested in your local public library’s role in your community: 

We have new quiz tool that allows you to create your own version of our library user quiz and invite members of your community to take it. You can learn how your community’s members use their local public library, how they think about their library’s impact on the community, and how they view the importance of libraries in the digital age. 

This post offers helpful information on the quiz and how to take it. Click here to go directly to the quiz.

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Jun 25

washingtonpost:

The Curiosity rover on Mars, taking a selfie.

washingtonpost:

The Curiosity rover on Mars, taking a selfie.