As technology advances so do the needs of library patrons. People of all ages now have computers, cell phones and/or tablets within arm’s reach at any given moment. They have become use to the idea of having information at their fingertips, many people get deterred if the information they are looking for isn’t readily available.
There are currently over 17,000 public libraries in the United States. Libraries are adjusting their lines of communication to keep up with the technology trends. Giving patrons the information that they need when they want it and as easily as possible is just one of their approaches. Approximately 69% of Americans currently use libraries and 30 million Americans rely on libraries and the technology that they offer to help them find jobs.
Many of today’s libraries are also offering mainstream tech options for patrons such as e-books and even e-readers. In fact, 94% of libraries provide 24/7 access to e-books and other digital content. Libraries also find themselves becoming more mobile friendly with responsive website design and smartphone applications. 90% of libraries offer basic digital literacy training, including how to use your smartphone.
Another way libraries are communicating with patrons and utilizing technology is through social media. The vast majority of libraries have their own website and most of those libraries also have a social media presence. Libraries are using social media now more than ever before. Libraries like to use social media to share events and pictures and to educate people about services they offer. They tend to prefer Facebook as their go to platform but many also use Twitter and Instagram.
There have been many changes within the library system over the past few years. Our infographic breaks down the library system statistics for you.
If you’re interested in reading more about libraries of the future and their technology needs, see the following blog articles:
Why Monitoring Library Usage Is So Important
Libraries Under Pressure: How Library Patron Counters Can Help
Library Technology Improving Patron Experiences