Recently, Brown Deer Public Library conducted a survey to better understand how our community uses and benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library offers 14 full-function computers for public use, free wireless Internet, and assistance for all members of our community. Of the survey respondents who reported visiting the library in the past year, 100% used a public access computer or the library's wireless network during their visits. Highlights from the survey include:
Library computers are in demand –
Most respondents use a library computer on a monthly basis or more frequently (50%=1-3 visits/month; 41%=1 visit/week or more).
Computer use = economic development and personal business rather than fun and games –
The most common use for library computers was employment related (68% of respondents), for example:
· 59% of the respondents used library computers to ‘look for a job’
· 55% ‘applied for a job or sent out a resume’
· 55% also ‘worked on a resume’
· 41% ‘found information related to a job or profession’
Respondents noted several additional uses they made of library computers, including:
· ‘Learn about an illness, disease or medical condition (36% of respondents)
· ‘Find information about a doctor or other health care provider (32%)
· ‘Get help from a government official or agency (41%)
· ‘Learn about government programs or services’ (50%)
· ‘Get government forms’ (36%)
· ‘Learn about getting out of debt’ (32%)
· ‘Bank online’ (32%)
· ‘Research or compare products/services’ (36%)
The most frequently used computer technology, aside from the computer itself, included the printer (79%), email (89%) and internet search engines (95%).
The beneficiaries of library Internet access often extend beyond the individual users –
45% of users found information or performed tasks for other people using the library's computers or Internet connection.
Library staff matter –
Of survey respondents who use the library's public access technology, 77% got help from library staff to use the library's computers and Internet.
Computer users are not mostly kids playing games –
55% of survey respondents are 55+ years old. 45% have a 4 year college degree or higher.
Free computer access at the library cuts costs at home for struggling families –
45% of respondents are low income (below 200% of the federal poverty level).
Come and enjoy a free movie after school!
Wednesday January 14th at 4:00 PM
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
2 hours 1 minute
We regret to announce that tonight's Kohl's Wild Theater program has been postponed due to frigid temperatures. We're in the process of rescheduling the program, and will let you know as soon as we do when the Kohl's Wild Theater gang will be coming.