Backgrounder: Pew Research Center’s “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books”

Backgrounder: Pew Research Center’s “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” – Prepared by Larra Clark, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, July 3, 2012.

This document shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on Libraries, Patrons, and E-books, along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers.

Harris Interactive library use and purchases surveys 2007

In June 2007, Harris Interactive undertook 3 surveys regarding library use and purchasing activity. They found that at least one fifth of people have purchased a book, CD or DVD after checking it out from the library, and this was up to 50% for some materials and demographics.

The Comparison Survey Summary is available from ALA.

The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” Its purpose is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.

OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources.

The final report is expected in May 2013.

The media releases from IMLS and OCLC were released in June and July 2012 respectively, but there does not appear to be a dedicated web presence to the project at present.