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It's true that a majority of Americans still don't realize what libraries offer:
"People may not think of using libraries to get their information because they do not know that the services exist, and some of the existing services are not familiar or do not fit into their workflows."
This is just one of the findings from a research compilation that was released on Nov. 9, 2015:
OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviors of library users.
The compilation lives here. On this site, you'll find:
- The full PDF, free to download
- A slideshow about the findings
- Contact info for OCLC's Senior Research Scientist, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, who compiled and co-authored the info