Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them - Pew Research Center

Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them
Fact Tank-Pew Research Center: 7.08.2014 by Kathryn Zickuhr

The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz (“What kind of library user are you?”) based on the nationally representative telephone survey findings in our report, “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America.”

"Library Lovers" make up 10% of the population, according to a Pew Research Center survey.Much like our political typology, the library engagement typology sorts Americans ages 16 and older into different groups based on their habits and attitudes—in this case, based on how they use public libraries and perceive libraries’ importance in their communities. The quiz, which has been taken over 15,000 times, is a fun (and non-scientific) way for our website visitors and various community groups to compare their library habits to those of the general population.

So how did the online quiz-takers compare with the results of our nationally representative telephone survey?

One unsurprising finding: If you take a quiz called “What kind of library user are you?”, you probably know the answer.  READ MORE !

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