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:
- What is the role of the future library when information will be primarily accessible via a device?
- What are key attributes of a successful future library?
- 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)
Filed under: Funding, Libraries, News, Public Libraries
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.