Los Angeles: The Upside of Fewer People Asking Librarians for Help

From TakePart

“Since the advent of the internet and e-readers, there have been plenty of predictions about the end of public libraries. Who needs to go browse the stacks when the answer to any question is easily accessible from a smartphone and a book can be downloaded in seconds?Or so goes the thinking. According to the results, released Friday, of a Pew Research Center survey on Americans’ attitudes toward libraries, use of libraries is up, people find them useful, and they still want to check out printed books. More survey respondents said they had visited a physical library or a bookmobile in the past 12 months—48 percent, up from 44 percent in 2015. A full 77 percent of folks also said that “public libraries provide them with the resources they need,” and 66 percent said that shutting down a facility “would have a major impact on their community.” Roughly two-thirds of people who had visited a library or a bookmobile said they’d done so to check out a book.The survey also indicated that librarians are an underused resource. Only 35 percent of library patrons surveyed in 2016 said they asked a librarian for help, down from 50 percent in 2012.”