The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (and the Interesting) of Libraries

Following the recent publication of the Pew report on the use of American libraries in the digital 21st century, Bobbi Newman has compiled a list identifying the most interesting aspects of the report.

Here’s a brief overview of the key points – you can read Newman’s article (which contains a link to the full report) using the link below:


Nearly 70% of Americans canvassed state that their local library matters to them.


Over half of the participants were unsure as to whether their library provided either, courses on the use of e-readers/tablets or, indeed whether their local library offered eBooks as a lending/borrowing option.


Over 50% of the participants had experienced problems with availability of eBooks that they wanted to borrow.

Newman argues that this report has highlighted the need for libraries to get their eBook lending services in order before marketing a product that is unsatisfactory to the end-user.

What do you think?