[Libs-Or] Analysis/Article from Pew Research: More help needed in accessing information to make decisions

Darci Hanning darci.hanning at state.or.us
Thu Nov 30 10:17:00 PST 2017


The Pew Research Center has released a brief article that may  be of interest to library staff:

Many Americans, especially blacks and Hispanics, are hungry for help as they sort through information

While only 20% of Americans say they feel overloaded<http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/12/07/information-overload/> by the amount of information they encounter in modern life, many are open to getting some help in finding material that can help them make decisions.

A new analysis of a November 2016 Pew Research Center survey<http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/09/11/how-people-approach-facts-and-information/> shows that 76% of U.S. adults say they would benefit "a lot" from having at least one of seven different kinds of help in accessing information that can help them make decisions. (See chart below for full list.) About four-in-ten (41%) say three or more of these possible forms of assistance would help them a lot.

The rest of the report can be found here<:%20http:/www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/11/29/many-americans-especially-blacks-and-hispanics-are-hungry-for-help-as-they-sort-through-information/>.


Darci Hanning, MLIS
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