A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.
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What Does the Report Cover?
The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type
"HELENA -- Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year. Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what's available is vast: state agency reports going back years, and data-rich natural resource and geographic information resources covering everything form moisture levels to property ownership to oil and gas leases. Jennie Stapp, the state library director since Jan. 1, is driving that digital train. Just nine years out of graduate school, she figures she's the youngest state librarian in the nation. She was, most recently, the digital library director and library's chief information officer. She succeeded Darlene Staffeldt, who had worked at the library for 35 years."