Library Completes Technology Survey

Recently, the New Canaan Library conducted a survey to better understand how our community uses and benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library offers 32 computers, wireless Internet, and assistance for all members of our

community. Of the survey respondents who reported visiting the library in the past year, 75% used a public access computer or the library's wireless network during their visits. Highlights from the survey include:

21% of public technology users indicated they had used public access technology for employment needs.

14% of users searched fora job online.

 6% applied for a job by submitting a resume or filling out an online job application.

19% of public technology users used public technology for educational activities.

11% of users completed coursework or homework using public access technology.

19% of public technology users used library technology to get information on health and wellness topics.

12% of users reported learning about diet or nutrition; of those, 88% made a change to their diet.

22% of public technology users reported using library resources to stay in touch with family and friends and to build and maintain

social networks.

63% of public access technology users also received help from a librarian when using the computers or Internet at the library. Of those users, 94% have access to the Internet at home, school, or work but still choose to use the library's technology. This shows the library offers critical resources and services even as people increasingly have their own Internet connections and devices. These are only a few of the impacts from the library's public technology access and training.

The future of our community depends on the New Canaan Library's ability to sustain the quality technology services that provide opportunities for all people. Let's make sure our library gets the support it needs to make this happen. Visit the New Canaan Library to see how you can help.