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Maximizing the Power of the Web: Pew Internet & American Life Project's 2007 Findings

Date : Apr 18, 2008
Start Time : 11 a.m. Eastern
Length : 00:01:00

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Lee Rainie will share with attendees the latest from his research into how individuals are using the internet and being affected by it. For library leaders seeking to maximize the power of the Web, Lee will bring to light valuable findings, theories, and arguable conclusions based on his project's research.

Attendees will no doubt be interested in discussing one of Pew's latest studies, which revealed just how much young adults and others in the U.S. continue to use public libraries for the Internet and also books. "The age of books isn't yet over," Rainie told the Associated Press. His Project's study paid particular attention to the information-seeking activities of lower-income citizens and where libraries fit into their worlds.

During this session, Stephen Abram will interview Rainie about the year's findings, upcoming trends for libraries and Internet, and much more. Take this opportunity to listen on two of the luminaries in the library and technology communities discuss what's next for the library world. Rainie will also be a presenter at the 2008 SirsiDynix Institute Executive Conference on Sunday, April 6 in Detroit, Mich. Please visit for more information about Rainie and the other "Open Libraries" speakers.

Stephen Abram ?VP of Innovation, SirsiDynix

Stephen Abram, MLS, is President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian and Ontario Library Associations. He is Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, and SirsiDynix OneSource and he is the author of ALA Editions bestselling' Out Front with Stephen Abram.

Lee Rainie ?Director Pew Internet & American Life Project, Pew Internet / American Life Project

Lee Rainie is the founding Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Since December 1999, the Washington D.C. research center has examined how people's Internet use affects their families, communities, health care, education, civic and political life, and work places.

The Project has issued more than 80 reports based on surveys and other research on these social issues and important public policy questions such as trust and privacy online, e-government, intellectual property, broadband adoption, and the digital divides.

Prior to receiving the grant, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.