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Kathryn Zickuhr

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Kathryn Zickuhr is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. She studies the social impact of technology, focusing on the changing role of public libraries in Americans’ lives and communities in the era of digital content.


Younger Americans’ Relationships with Public Libraries

September 10, 2014

How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities

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Public library engagement in the United States

August 18, 2014

An overview of three years of research into Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age

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Public library engagement in urban, suburban, and rural communities

July 11, 2014

What does library engagement look like in different community types?

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Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access”

July 09, 2014

Some 77% of Americans now think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community. (For comparison, 80% of Americans say the same thing about books.)

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Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them

July 08, 2014

How do our “library user type” quiz-takers compare with the the general population? The answer may (not) surprise you.

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How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country?

June 30, 2014

Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.

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“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries

May 13, 2014

The New York Public Library recently announced that it is rethinking its controversial plans to turn parts of its 42nd Street location into a public lending library. Public libraries across the country are grappling with similar issues of how central their collections of books should be as they strive to add digital services, expand learning resources, and serve as all-purpose community spaces.

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A new way of looking at public library engagement in America

March 18, 2014

Highlights from our new report exploring the spectrum of Americans’ engagement with public libraries.

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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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E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

January 16, 2014

The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

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