DC Public Library Participates in Nationwide Internet Use Study

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DC Public Library Participates in Nationwide Internet Use Study

Do you use your public library's Website, computers or Internet access?

From May 11 to May 25, the D.C. Public Library is participating in a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries.  The U.S. IMPACT Web survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School with support from the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.

The survey is available on the D.C. Public Library’s website, dclibrary.org.  All information collected is anonymous and the survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Until now, there has been no nationwide research about how library computing services fit into peoples’ lives.  Librarians report that people use computers to find jobs, stay connected with family and friends, or to get health information.  The goal of the U.S. IMPACT study is to collect evidence about the ways computers in public libraries help people and their communities across the United States.  This information will be used to improve services and to inform policy makers about how best to fund and support them.  

The researchers are specifically interested in outcomes and indicators related to seven areas: (1) civic engagement, (2) eCommerce, (3) education, (4) eGovernment, (5) health, (6) employment and (7) social inclusion.  These areas are relevant to broad policy goals and consistent with the public library mission.  The ultimate aim is for these indicators to guide decision-making and generate public support for public access computing in public libraries.

The survey is completely anonymous and takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. For more information, visit the IMPACT studies Website at http://impact.ischool.washington.edu/ or take our survey here.