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Libraries Conducting Internet Survey With Gates Foundation

            From May 26, 2009 to June 9, 2009, Metropolitan Library System is participating in a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries. The U.S. IMPACT web survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

            “Until now,” said Metropolitan Library System Director of Information Technology Anne Fischer, “there has been no nationwide research about how library computing services fit into peoples’ lives. Some believe that library computers are used mostly for entertainment, but our librarians report that people use them to find jobs, stay connected with family and friends, or to get health information.”

            The goal of the U.S. IMPACT studies is to collect evidence about the ways computers in public libraries help people and their communities across the United States. This information will be used to improve these services and to inform policy makers about how best to fund and support them. In these hard economic times, this information will be invaluable.

            You can access the web survey from the Metropolitan Library System website at http://www.metrolibrary.org or from any computer at one of the Metropolitan Library System libraries from May 26, 2009 to June 9, 2009. The survey is completely anonymous and takes 10 to 15 minutes to fill out. The Metropolitan Library System and researchers at the University of Washington encourage you to take a few minutes to help improve public library computing services across the United States. For more information, ask at the library information desk, or visit the IMPACT studies web site at http://impact.ischool.washington.edu/

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.