January 18, 2022

Findings From Gates Foundation Library Stakeholder Engagement Survey

From The Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative (via Web Junction):

The Global Libraries Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is exploring a variety of strategies to accelerate change in US public libraries. To guide this work, the team solicited information and ideas from a wide range of stakeholders in the library field using an online survey.

To understand needs, opportunities and roles for libraries in the future, five plus years from today, an online  survey was distributed to as broad and diverse a library constituency as possible via library support  organizations as well as to more than ten well-respected bloggers. The survey generated over 4,200 responses between October 2012 and January 2013. Results from the initial 3,195 responses were used to develop the “Summary of Stakeholder Survey Results” in December 2012.

The Global Libraries Initiative was interested in gaining high–‐level insight into three questions:

  1. What is the role of the future library when information will be primarily accessible via a device?
  2. What are key attributes of a successful future library?
  3. How might support and funding from the Global Libraries Initiative most effectively help libraries develop these attributes?


Key Findings and Additional Info–Executive Summary (1 pages; PDF)

Full Report (20 pages; PDF)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.