SEATTLE, WA— 25 January 2019 — At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting The Freckle Project is announcing a new research program which will be a study which seeks to understand how users regard and use their libraries.
The results of this research will endeavor to find answers to these questions (among others):
- Reading books: how many people read or make use of books; how do they select books; in what form do they read (print, eBook, audio, journal etc.); do they read for work, study, pleasure etc; from where are their books obtained (internet, stores, private sources, gifts, libraries etc); how much, if anything, do they pay to read? This will be a quantitative study.
- Public libraries: What are the reputations of public libraries; what makes people want to use them; what features of a library makes people not use them? This will be both a qualitative and a quantitative study.
- Academic libraries: how do researchers and students find what they need; in what format do they read; what purposes does a library have; what makes a library useful; what features of a library makes people not use them? This will be both a qualitative and a quantitative study.
Initially the study will include several key USA states. Future studies will address other countries.
We are interested to hear from those who would like to see the results of this work. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Freckle Project: Founded in 2014 by consultants with the aim to improve libraries and increase their use, The Freckle Project provides liaison between libraries, support companies and publishers. It operates in New York, San Francisco and London.