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Library needs public to participate in web survey on free internet access


From June 1 – 15, 2009, the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will be one of 636 libraries chosen to participate in the U.S. IMPACT web Internet survey to study how people like you use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries.  This nationwide survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School, and is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The goal of the U.S. IMPACT studies is to collect evidence about the ways computers in public libraries help people and their communities nationwide. While some researchers believe that library computers are used mostly for entertainment, librarians report that people use them to find jobs, stay connected with family and friends, to research health information and a variety of other purposes.  The information gathered will be used to improve library internet services, and to inform policy makers about how best to fund and support these services.

You can help us by logging on to the HSPLS website at and taking the web survey between June 1 and 15. The survey is completely anonymous, and will take just 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

For more information, please contact your local library, or visit the IMPACT studies web site at

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