Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/29/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office


SAN FRANCISCO—Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From e-book readership to library user typologies, to better understanding how Hispanics use public libraries, Pew researchers have added to our knowledge of our communities—users and non-users alike.

During the session “Pew Library Research Update Program” Senior Researcher John B. Horrigan will preview the newest Pew research at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in Moscone Center room 121N. Based on a national telephone survey of adults, new data will explore people’s e-reading habits, and how libraries serve as community hubs for information exchange, economic opportunity, and cultivation of users’ digital skills. The presentation also will discuss how the public’s views on libraries can illuminate broader discussions on ‘digital readiness’ (pdf) as the internet of things (IoT) emerges in society.

“From front-line services to national policy advocacy, Pew library research has improved our ability to plan for and communicate community needs and desires,” said Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. “This new data could not come at a better time to inform library digital inclusion efforts, and John Horrigan’s deeply informed insights should not be missed.”

Prior to rejoining the Pew Research Center in 2015, Horrigan served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a nationally recognized expert on research into barriers to home broadband adoption and use, expertise cultivated as a consultant and in his first stint at the Pew Research Center from 2000–2009.

John B. Horrigan, senior researcher, Pew Research Center

Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Moscone Convention Center
North Building, Room 121
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, at