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.
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.
Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them -
The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz sorting Americans into different types based on how they use and view libraries. Here are results.
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 -
The idea is that people don’t think about their health until they need to and then they want to not only connect with good information, they want it tailored to fit their needs and circumstances.
Wisdom from Susannah Fox.
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.
6 Early iPhone Mockups That Were Dead Wrong -
Interesting early iPhone mockups.
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
More expert thoughts on Net threats in the future
Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result -
The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.
New on the Fact Tank blog: Rich Morin discusses Facebook’s “emotional content” newsfeed experiment — what did they actually find? Was it ethical?
How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country? -
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
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.
The Curiosity rover on Mars, taking a selfie.