Public Library Opportunity - imPACt survey

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Idaho public libraries have an opportunity to offer a web survey to their patrons to assess the impact public access computing (PAC) has on their lives and on their communities.

"imPACt: the Impact of Free Access to Computers and the Internet in Public Libraries" is a nationwide library study being conducted by the University of Washington Information School and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As a participating library, you will be asked to install a small piece of code on your library’s website that will create a link to the survey website and make it possible for your patrons to fill out the survey online.

  • The Information School will provide you with detailed instructions, technical support, informational materials for patrons, and suggestions for increasing participation.
  • As an incentive for your participation, they will also provide you with a personalized report of the data collected through your library. (If too few responses are received from an individual library to protect the confidentiality of respondents, those responses will be aggregated with other similar libraries before returning the results.)
  • The web survey will be rolled out beginning on April 6, with libraries linking to it during assigned two-week periods through June 20. Your timeslot will be selected when you contact UW/IS with your agreement to participate.

The imPACt web survey is the first nationwide effort to collect information directly from our patrons about how they use PAC resources. The study will analyze their impact in seven key areas:

  • civic engagement
  • eCommerce
  • education
  • eGovernment
  • health
  • employment
  • social inclusion

This information will help public libraries across the U.S. evaluate and improve the ways they provide access to computers and the Internet. You can learn more about the imPACt studies at: http://impact.ischool.washington.edu.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the impact of PAC resources on your patrons, please contact Samantha Becker, imPACt project manager, by Friday, April 3 at srbecker@u.washington.edu with questions or your agreement to participate in the study.