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  1. Building and maintaining social connections

    Computers and the Internet have radically changed how people communicate and socialize with one another, express themselves, seek help for problems, and learn about their family histories. Recent research has pointed out secondary effects which have may h ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:52 - Libraries Matter

  2. Participating in community life

    With the increasing use of the Internet and online media to support political and social activities and provide access to news and current events across the country, access to the Internet becomes an important component of community life. The study found ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:51 - Libraries Matter

  3. Accessing Government and Legal Services and Information

    The use of the Internet to deliver federal, state, and local government services and as a means for providing access to the justice system has become more and more prevalent in recent years. People use the library’s computers to access government programs ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:50 - Libraries Matter

  4. Health and wellness

    People rely on public library computers and Internet access for two of the most critical aspects of their lives: health and wellness. Users are logging in to find ways to improve their diets, find doctors, research their own or others’ illnesses, locate h ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:48 - Libraries Matter

  5. Employment and entrepreneurship

    Activities related to employment were the third highest reported use for library computer users, with 40 percent of the respondents indicating use in this area. In addition, 7 percent of the users used the library for activities related to starting or man ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:42 - Libraries Matter

  6. Users learn about educational programs at the library

    A first step in meeting educational needs for many users is learning about a program of study—almost 37 percent of library computer users who engaged in educational activities indicated that they used library computer resources to look for information on ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:39 - Libraries Matter

  7. Libraries have become an important part of the educational system

    Libraries have become an important part of the educational system in the United States, particularly through their computer and Internet services; in addition to allowing users access to the educational system online, they provide individual work stations ...

    admin - 03/02/2012 - 09:37 - Libraries Matter

  8. Mixed method research design employed by the U.S. IMPACT studies to develop and validate performance indicators related specifically to the outcomes of public access computing (PAC)

    Through the use of a nationwide telephone survey, library case studies, and a nationwide Internet survey of public access computing patrons, this approach will generate generalizable quantitative data on the extent and distribution of the use of public ac ...

    admin - 06/20/2011 - 11:57 - Libraries Matter

  9. The value of the UK's public library service in providing leisure opportunities from a user point of view

    The benefits go far beyond simply enjoyment and amusement, to being an essential form of relaxation for some people, helping to relieve stress, providing a break from the pressures of everyday life, and assisting others with the treatment of an illness. ( ...

    admin - 06/20/2011 - 11:23 - Libraries Matter

  10. South Carolina valuation of library services

    The total direct and indirect return on investment for every $1 expended on the state's public libraries by SC state and local governments is $4.48--almost 350%! (p.5) The Economic impact of public libraries on South Carolina a study prepared Conting ...

    admin - 06/20/2011 - 10:54 - Libraries Matter