Pew Research has posted a timeline of the various research activities they will engage in for their 2-year study of libraries (funded by the Gates Foundation). Their first major report from this study, on e-reading, has received widespread coverage over the past week. Upcoming activities include:

  • a survey of librarians regarding e-books,
  • studies on library use by community type and habits of younger library users,
  • a study on the role of libraries in special populations, and
  • a study of library users’ needs and experiences, from which library user typologies will be developed.

Pew Research is also looking for volunteer study participants. If you’re a librarian working in a public library that has e-books available for checkout, or if you ever check out or download e-books from a public library, you can sign up here.

~Linda