Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Gen Y the biggest users of libraries

I first saw this mentioned in the news last week: a survey by Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that the biggest subgroup of Americans who used public libraries last year is Gen Y (aged 18-30.)

Many commentators seem surprised by this, as it's apparently a reversal of a study done in 1996 which showed declining use of libraries by that age group. But apparently, the more information-savvy you are, the more likely you are to head to a library -- Internet users are more likely to use libraries than non-Internet users. And while it's true that many of those users report using the Internet while at the library, it's not the only reason they're going -- they're also making use of library resources.

I find this fascinating, particularly in light of those who've seemed to assume that the Internet (all that 'freely' available info) would eventually be the death of libraries. It's also interesting, I think, given the conversations we've had about how young people view libraries and the acquiring of information.,140922-pg,1/article.html



  • At 7:18 AM, Blogger arcee said…

    thanks for sharing these articles, Cindee. just think, the kind of influence we have on our students can help shape their view of using libraries in their post-college days...


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