Patrons want to see four things from their local libraries, Lee Rainie told library directors from across the country in Miami this weekend: access to technology, quiet spaces for reading, reference expertise and the ability to borrow books - both in print and digitally.
Rainie, the director of the Internet & American Life project at the Pew Research Center, cited new research indicating public libraries continue to be vital community resources: 91 percent of Americans said they are important to their communities and 76 percent said they are important to them and their families.
As libraries remain both centers of research and community engagement, many are now also serving as innovation hubs. They’re helping engage people around things like public information, civic life and more, Rainie said at the gathering sponsored by Knight Foundation. Here are a few examples:
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