Keeping Our Library Relevant in 2013

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By Jessica Keyes

It is no secret that the world is changing daily at a pace never before seen in history. Librarians, authors, journalists, and academics and have been engaging in public discourse for years on the best ways to keep the public libraries that have always been repositories of physical books relevant in an increasingly digital world. This discourse has shaped many exciting initiatives around the world, including at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

eLibrary graphicMost recently, the Pratt has responded to these changes with an expanded eLibrary, where eBooks, audiobooks, and eReaders can all be checked out. Many studies have shown that readers are moving in droves to digital reading experiences, and we are keeping up with their voracious demand, thanks to a generous grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for our eLibrary. Read more about the studies in these articles:

Courses and Training
Pratt Library customers can attended training in computer skills, job searching, genealogy, physical fitness and more. The library is not just a place for reading and research; it is a community hub where neighbors of all ages and cultural backgrounds can gather to learn and share. Learn about upcoming classes on our online calendar.

Bridging the Digital Divide
In 2008 fewer than 40% of Baltimore City households subscribed to broadband Internet. Every Pratt Library branch has computers and a wifi network so customers can access the Internet for free. Also, through our partnership with the statewide Sailor program, we offer free dialup Internet connections to Maryland residents.

Recent Articles
Here is a small selection of excellent articles published in 2012 about the future public libraries.

Pratt Contemporaries Trivia Night

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is an anchor to communities throughout Baltimore City. We will continue to adapt to the world as it changes around us, and librarians will always be available to help you find a book, an answer, or a program, in whatever form is most relevant to the current need.

Great article for a great start to the new year. Nice to have a bunch of positive articles and their sources cites to keep us inspired, and to share with others who think libraries are becoming less relevant in the digital age.
Posted by: Teresa at 1/2/2013 9:42 a.m.

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