Research Agenda — Gender Differences in the Use of Public Libraries

Studies by Applegate (2008)Cassell & Weibel (2007), and Fidishun (2007) show that women primarily use the public library for books, children’s services, and information related to their family functions. Fidishun (2007) found that they are comfortable with the technology and also appreciate the library as a place. Agosto, Paone & Ipock (2007) found no significant gender differences in the use of a public library by adolescents. Fidishun suggests the following questions for further research:

How do women who do not physically visit the library use library websites?
How do women who are non-library users find information?

Full citations for all works cited in this essay can be located on the Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.

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