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Lee Rainie

Portrait of Lee RainieLee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

June 30, 2014

Our studies about how public libraries fit in the lives of their communities have uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.

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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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10 facts about Americans and public libraries

January 24, 2014

American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities. In advance of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Convention (#alamw14) in Philadelphia, here are some key facts and trends we have chronicled in our research on America’s public libraries.

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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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Webinar: Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading

July 09, 2013

Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent policy report, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning.

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Libraries + Parents = Innovation and Success

June 30, 2013

At the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Lee Rainie presented 13 key takeways from Pew Internet’s research on libraries.

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The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron

June 29, 2013

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) hosted Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, for “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: The RUSA President’s Program” on Saturday, June 29 at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago; RUSA also hosted a discussion of the issues presented at the program on Sunday, June 30.

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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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The reinvention of libraries

June 13, 2013

Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Internet Project, presented to the Massachusetts Library System the Project’s latest findings about the changing role of libraries and patrons’ interest in new services. He also described Project research on the way people use mobile devices and social media. [slideshare id=22922980&doc=61313reinventinglibrariesworcesterpdf-130613092652-phpapp02]

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