A new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project looks at the future of libraries.
The study, titled “Library services in the digital age,” doesn’t include anything particularly shocking or revelatory, but it suggests that many people still value the role of libraries, and that librarians are thinking about how their services can evolve.
The new survey 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.
It also explores the changing world of library services by exploring the activities at libraries that are already in transition and the kinds of services citizens would like to see if they could redesign libraries themselves. It is part of a larger research effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that is exploring the role libraries play in people’s lives and in their communities. The research is underwritten by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Read the full study here: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/Library-services/