Title

Public Libraries and the Internet 2012: Key Findings, Recent Trends, and Future Challenges

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Keywords

community needs, Internet, literacy, public libraries, technology

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2012.732479

Abstract

Since 1994, 14 reliable national studies have provided longitudinal data revealing and analyzing trends in the public access computing, Internet access, and technology assistance and training that public libraries make available to the communities they serve. This article provides an overview of selected data from the 2012 study; examines major issues that have emerged from the data in the most recent studies; identifies key trends and changes in Internet-enabled services and resources provided by public libraries to their communities over the course of the 18 years of conducting the national surveys; and discusses selected future issues and challenges regarding public library Internet-enabled services.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

No

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Public Library Quarterly, v. 31, issue 4, p. 303-325

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