MIAMI – If you have used the Miami Public Library’s computers, our wifi, our website, or any of the electronic resources that we offer such as OverDrive, RBDigital, Lynda.com, etc., take our survey and register for prizes.

Beginning Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 13, the library will be conducting the Impact Survey, a survey to better understand how our community benefits from technology resources at the library. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing these services. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries purchased a statewide license to enable libraries such as ours to conduct this survey.

People from all walks of life use library resources and services to perform routine and life-changing tasks, from emailing friends to finding jobs. The Miami Public Library offers free computer and Internet access, free wifi, free access to many databases that enable people to do such tasks as researching family genealogy on Heritage Quest, learning a new software program on Lynda.com, or downloading eBooks on OverDrive. We also provide links on our website to the best information for health sites, job search sites, government information sites and more.

The survey will be available on our website at www.miamipl.okpls.org and may be taken on:

library computers personal laptops using free wifi at the library any computer with Internet access tablets smart phones paper surveys will be available at the front desk

At the end of the survey, there will be an opportunity for Ottawa County residents or nonresidents who use our library to register for a drawing for some prizes offered by the library. These will include:

Grand prize – a Fire HD 8 tablet $25 gift certificate to Pizza Hut $25 gift card to Walmart Choice of one of 10 items from an assorted selection of books, DVDs, and book bags

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, the University of Washington Information School conducted Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, which was the first large-scale investigation of the ways U.S. library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries, why they use it, and how it impacts their lives. For more information about the Miami Public Library’s survey, call 918-541-2292.