Douglas County Public Library Conducting Online Survey


Douglas County Public Library Conducting Online Survey

by Maggie Rusmisel, Douglas County Public Library

The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives.  This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In 2009, the University of Washington Information School conducted Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, which was the first large-scale investigation of the ways people use computers and the Internet at public libraries in the United States, why they use it, and how it impacts their lives.  The study was instrumental in providing evidence that access to the Internet at U.S. public libraries has a profound and measurable impact on individuals and communities.

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The Impact Survey is coordinated by the University of Washington Information School.  For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit

The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  Support the library by accessing the online survey through June 14 from the library computers, the library website,, or Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.


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