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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.

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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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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New reading data from the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

October 02, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently released the findings of its latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in July 2012. It found 58% of all American adults ages 18 and older had engaged in “voluntary reading” within the past year.

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