IL07 – Day 1 of Conference – Keynote
2.0 and the Internet World – Lee Rainie – Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project
Wow- What a great way to start this year’s conference! Lee’s fast pace look at Internet trends (especially with gadgets) and those who use them provided me with lots of ammunition to take back with me to my public library. I was amazed at the number of broadband users (73% of adults, 93% of teens) who use high speed web access which allows them to create, publish, communicate and socialize online. On the other hand, I was surprised at the relatively low number (only 8%) of web gadget users (called Omnivores by the Pew Study) who were high-end users of gadgets and are totally into the Web 2.0 mentality. Working in a public library in an affluent, well-educated community, it seems like we have a greater proportion of these high-end patrons than the average. Reality hit when it was revealed that the low-end users comprised almost 49% of those surveyed. This group is either indifferent, unconvinced, or distrustful of the technology gadgets I take for granted in my own Web 2.0 world. This means, as librarians, we need to offer more user-friendly training on our Library technology and continue to provide traditional in-person reference help providing printed matter for the low-end users. Non-threatening computer training, especially for older patrons may help ease their resistance to “gadgets.” As Mr.Raines pointed out, we are way down the learning curve from this stuff.
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