During the month of February, the six member libraries of the Lycoming County Library System - Hughesville Public Library; Jersey Shore Public Library; Montgomery Area Public Library; Dr. W.B. Konkle Public Library; Muncy Public Library; and the James V. Brown Library - will conduct an online survey to find out how patrons use the library's computers, Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives.
The information will help the library and the Lycoming County Library System improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The impact survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish and takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
The impact survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2009, the University of Washington Information School conducted "Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries," which was the first large-scale investigation of the ways library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries, why they use it and how it impacts their lives. The study was instrumental in providing evidence that access to the Internet at public libraries has a profound and measurable impact on individuals and communities.
The impact survey is coordinated by the University of Washington Information School.
For more information about the survey, ask at the library information desk or visit impactsurvey.org.
Surveys can be accessed at each library's webiste, which can be found at www.lycolibrary.org between Feb. 1 through 28. Each library also will have paper copies of the survey available at their locations.