The Canby Public Library wants to know how its patrons are using library computers. To that end, the library will conduct an online survey from July 13 to Aug. 2
The survey will help determine how computers and the Internet connection are used, and how this service made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services, especially at this critical stage of planning for a new library.
It is our goal to provide the best possible services to our community. The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, said Hannah Hofer of the Canby Public Library.
The impact survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
People from all walks of life use the library computers to perform routine and life-changing tasks, from emailing friends to finding jobs. A 2009 study conducted by the University of Washington reported that use of library technology had significant impact in four critical areas: employment, education, health and making community connections.
In order for the library to meet the communitys technology needs and demonstrate how providing these services make a difference in peoples lives, it is important that local level information is provided.
To take part in the survey, go to the library website at www.canbylibrary.org and fill out the survey, or access it from one of the librarys public access computers. Everyone participating in the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Thriftway gift card.
For more information about the impact survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit http://impactsurvey.org