Massachusetts

Printable State and National Issue Briefs

 

Printable State and National Issue Briefs

2013-2014 State Brief Trifold

Public Access Technology and Infrastructure State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Broadband
Mean Download speed: 23.1 Mbps 57.4 Mbps
Minimum Download Speed: 0.6 Mbps 0.1 Mbps
Maximum Download Speed: 100 Mbps 3000 Mbps
WiFi Availability: 98.7% 97.5%
Libraries that would like to increase bandwidth: 63.8% 66.1%
Mean number of public access computers/laptops: 14.8 19.8
Patrons experience wait time for public access computers: 17.5% 35.9%
Technology Services for Patron Use
Databases: 100.0% 100.0%
E-books: 95.0% 89.5%
Online homework assistance (e.g., tutor.com): 95.0% 96.5%
Online job/employment resources (e.g., Brainfuse, JobNow): 95.0% 95.6%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources: 35.0% 42.6%
Digital Literacy/Public Access Technology Training State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Formal Training: 97.5% 98.0%
General computer skills: 76.9% 91.4%
General familiarity with new technologies (e.g., using e-readers, tablets): 53.9% 67.5%
Social media (e.g., blogging, Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube): 35.9% 58.5%
Library Programs, Information Sessions, & Events State
2013-2014
National
2013-2014
Education Programs: 100.0% 99.5%
Basic literacy: 32.4% 33.2%
GED or equivalent education: 29.9% 26.5%
Summer reading: 100.0% 97.5%
Economy and Workforce Development Programs: 87.6% 99.6%
Applying for job: 72.9% 73.5%
Entrepreneurship and small business development: 51.4% 47.3%
Accessing and using online business information resources: 57.1% 56.1%
Civic Engagement Programs: 72.6% 74.1%
Hosting community engagement events (e.g., candidate forums, community conversations): 81.0% 45.6%
Hosting creation events (e.g, maker spaces): 32.8% 21.4%
Completing government forms on-line: 98.3% 98.6%