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Library survey results rolling in

Published 8:56am Friday, April 12, 2013 Updated 11:00am Friday, April 12, 2013

We are a week and a half into the Fergus Falls Public Library Community Survey.

If you haven’t had a chance to take the survey yet, you still have time.

The survey is open through April 22 and you could win an iPad, donated by The Friends of the Fergus Falls Public Library, just for completing the survey.

Admittedly, I am eager to see the survey results and how they compare to those of similar nationwide surveys.

For example, The Pew Research Center recently completed a survey gauging library services in the digital age.

In the authors’ words, the accompanying report summary explores “the kinds of services citizens would like to see if they could redesign libraries themselves.”

The Fergus Falls Public Library Community Survey is designed to explore similar things.

Here are a few key findings from the Pew Research Center Survey:

• 80 percent of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.

• 80 percent say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.

• 77 percent say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.

And, perhaps even more telling as libraries plan to meet current and future needs, the authors write, “a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries” including online research services, mobile library apps to access library materials and information, technology instruction, and library lending kiosks.

What does the future hold for libraries? Libraries have always supported learning by providing the tools, knowledgeable staff, programs and spaces to promote lifelong learning and community involvement. With the advent of new technologies, the tools have changed but the need remains the same and is, arguably, more evident than ever before.

To read the complete summary or report on The Pew Research Center’s findings, visit this link:

I am excited to see what the Fergus Falls Public Library Community Survey reveals and thank you for your time and input.


Erin Smith is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.

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