2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study Webinar

Archive and associated resources for the November 1, 2011, webinar with Judy Hoffman, John Bertot and Peggy Rudd.

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2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study: Results, Trends, and Resources

Originally presented November 1, 2011.

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Over 8,400 urban, suburban, and rural libraries participated in the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries. Key findings include:

  • 70% of libraries report increased use of public access computers, while at the same time, over 76% report an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand.
  • 65% of libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities.
  • 67% of libraries offer access to e-books.
  • 72% of libraries report that staff help patrons complete online job applications.
  • 16% of libraries report decreased hours of operation. This translates to lost hours at more than 2,600 branches.

In this webinar co-sponsored by ALA TechSource, the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, and WebJunction, you will learn how to interpret the data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools including state profiles, issue briefs, and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

Presented by: John Bertot, Co-Director, Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland; Judy Hoffman, Project Manager, American Library Association, Office for Research and Statistics; and Peggy Rudd, Director, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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01 November 2011


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]