U.S. Impact Studies is an initiative started by the University of Washington in order to investigate the "use and users of public access computing centers through a series of studies designed to gather and disseminate information on the impacts these centers have on the individuals, families and communities taking advantage of their services." Their reports are also meant to document the "digital divide" between those who have ready access to the Internet and those who don't. On their homepage, visitors can make their way through sections like "Projects", "Resources", and "Toolbox". One work that visitors won't want to miss is their study "Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries". The report looks at who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries, and it was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The "Toolbox" area is meant for institutions participating in their surveys, but it can also be used by students of information science and related disciplines.


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