1. Critics of the report, such as Jeri Hurd, a high school library media specialist at the Western Academy of Beijing, and Buffy Hamilton, a learning strategist at the Cleveland Public Library, say that the sample is skewed toward parents that are white, relatively young, and well-educated, and so do not represent the general population.
    “I am interested in the literate practices of many families of diverse backgrounds, not just those who have the cultural/school capital,” Hamilton tweeted, taking the discussion to social media.

    — Librarians Take Aim at Pew Study on Parents and Libraries | The Digital Shift

  2. If you’re trying to raise a reader, you need your library. It’s too expensive and somewhat wasteful to buy the hundreds of books a young reader goes through in those first years of learning to read.

    — Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading: Select quotes from parents and library staff (via pewinternet)

  3. The more technology [parents] have, the more they’re likely to take advantage of library services.

    The study also found that lower income parents (those in households earning less than $50,000) are more likely to view library services as very important. Compared to higher income parents, lower income parents say they would be “very likely” to take advantage of such technology and resources as classes on how to download library e-books (44 percent vs. 29 percent); e-readers already loaded with library content (40 percent vs. 22 percent); a digital media lab (40 percent vs. 28 percent); and classes on how to use e-readers (34 percent vs. 16 percent)

    — Pew Study: Why Parents Love Libraries - The Digital Shift (via kishizuka)

  4. Library Patrons Want More E-books, But They Want to Keep Print Books, Too →


    In addition to use habits, Pew compiled a laundry list of items patrons want from their libraries:

    • The ability to borrow books (80%).

    • More e-books (83%).

    • IPS navigation for locating books (62%).

    • Access to reference librarians (80%).

    • Redbox-style kiosks for renting books in public spaces outside the library (63%).

    • Free access to Internet-connected computers (77%).

    • An online “ask a librarian” service (73%).

    • Access to library materials via apps (63%).

    • An area to try out new devices (69%).

    • Amazon-style recommendation engines based on past checkout history (64%).

    • Free literacy programs for young children (82%).

    Yet when asked whether they would be willing to give up existing resources to make room for these things — to move some books to off-site storage centers to make sense for a device-testing center, for instance — only 20% of survey participants said they were in favor. Thirty-six percent said libraries should “definitely” not move books off-site.

    Which sums up the whole problem, really.


    All of this makes me shake my head when I see the stories that have come out about “bookless libraries”.