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Kristen Purcell

Kristen Purcell is the associate director for research at Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, where she specialized in mass media and cognition.

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From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and Beyond

March 13, 2014

A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.

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How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

December 11, 2013

54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities.

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

June 25, 2013

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

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Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

May 01, 2013

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home.

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Library Services in the Digital Age

January 22, 2013

The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources.

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Reading Habits in Different Communities

December 20, 2012

Residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas vary in their purposes for reading, their use of digital content, their engagement with public libraries, and where they turn for book recommendations

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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

October 23, 2012

More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.

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Libraries, patrons, and e-books

June 22, 2012

12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Those who use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware they can borrow e-books.

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Books or Nooks? How Americans’ reading habits are shifting in a digital world

May 18, 2012

Kristen Purcell spoke about Americans’ use of the internet and other digital technologies at the Ocean County Library Staff Development Day. Kristen also spoke about how Americans’ reading habits are shifting in the digital world, and shared highlights from our recent report on the rise of e-reading in the U.S.

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The rise of e-reading

April 04, 2012

21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

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