The public library service, which is profoundly important, is in trouble, in decline, and at risk. This is not for the reasons often offered, such as lack of funds or developing technology, or changing social needs or political pressures. Use of the service is falling significantly and constantly. In this session, Tim shares insights from the forthcoming September 2022 Freckle Project report which integrates consumer surveys and IMLS data to paint an actionable picture of how to address these shortfalls and refocus on our core competencies.
Tim Coates is the principle investigator for the Freckle Project, an international effort to learn more about reading habits of the general public, especially how people discover and acquire their reading materials.