Rhode Island

Printable State and National Issue Briefs

 

2014-2015 State Brief

Public Access Technology and Infrastructure State
2014-2015
National
2014-2015
Broadband
Mean Download speed: 24.1 Mbps 16 Mbps
Minimum Download Speed: 5 Mbps 0 Mbps
Maximum Download Speed: 400 Mbps 3000 Mbps
Mean number of public access computers/laptops: 22.8 18.8
Renovated within the last five years: 21.7% 21.3%
Technology Services for Patron Use
E-books: 100.0% 90.3%
Online health resources: 100.0% 76.8%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources: 34.8% 42.7%
Digital Literacy/Public Access Technology Training State
2014-2015
National
2014-2015
General computer skills: 91.3% 86.9%
General familiarity with new technologies (e.g., using e-readers, tablets): 52.2% 61.8%
Social media (e.g., blogging, Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube): 60.9% 57.2%
Library Programs, Information Sessions, & Events State
2014-2015
National
2014-2015
Education Programs:
Summer reading for children: 100.0% 95.4%
GED or equivalent education: 8.7% 34.9%
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) events: 21.7% 34.2%
Economy and Workforce Development Programs:
Applying for jobs: 87.0% 73.1%
Accessing and using online business information resources: 34.8% 47.9%
Providing work space(s) for mobile workers: 13.0% 36.1%
Civic Engagement Programs:
Assisting patrons with access and use of online government (e-government) programs and services: 69.6% 75.6%
Hosting community engagement events (e.g., candidate forums, community conversations): 47.8% 40.2%
Hosting social connection events for young adults (e.g., manga/anime, gaming, book groups): 69.6% 59.8%
Health & Wellness Programs:
Identifying health insurance resources: 69.6% 59.4%
Locating and evaluating free health information online: 43.5% 57.7%
Bringing health care providers to offer limited health care screening services: 39.1% 18.1%