Study investigates Internet use in Public Libraries

The Seattle Public Library is participating in the U.S. IMPACT survey, a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use free computers and Internet connections in public libraries. The survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The goal of the U.S. IMPACT study is to collect evidence about the ways computers in public libraries help people and their communities across the United States. This information will be used to improve these services and to inform policy makers about how best to fund and support them.

Library patrons can access the survey from The Seattle Public Library Web site at www.spl.org. The survey is completely anonymous and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to fill out.

Date: May 11 to 18, 2009.

For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or visit the U.S. IMPACT study Web site at impact.ischool.washington.edu

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