The future of libraries lies in younger, nonwhite people without college degrees

by VanessaVaile

Could libraries become higher ed alternatives or beacons of heutagogy in sea of less affordable education options? Like email, their imminent demise is heralded regularly but never quite arrives. For those without internet or school/academic connection, the library is the connection of last resort, especially in rural areas with fewer if any hot spots.

Bryan Alexander

How will libraries change?  Who will use and support them?

A new update from Pew Research suggests that while most Americans value libraries, certain populations are more likely to support them than others, especially when it comes to learning from them.

First, there are clear generational differences in who values libraries.  Generally, the younger the American, the more positive they are; the older, the less.

generational attitudes towards libraries

A large majority of Millennials (87%) say the library helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable, compared with 74% of Baby Boomers (ages 52 to 70) who say the same. More than eight-in-ten Millennials (85%) credit libraries with helping them learn new things, compared with 72% of Boomers. And just under two-thirds (63%) of Millennials say the library helps them get information that assists with decisions they have to make, compared with 55% of Boomers.

Presumably a key part of Millennial library positivity…

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