Message from City Librarian: Letter to the Editor: We are Relevant
The article states “Libraries will look very different in the digital age, and they must," and also questions how DPL will remain relevant. We have a lot of data and many success stories to demonstrate our relevance. In the coming months as we engage the community to talk about our future and sustainable funding, these stories will be told.
In the meantime, here is the letter to the editor I submitted in response to the article (note, I was limited to about 150 words).
"Denver Public Library has been evolving to meet the needs of the community since its inception in 1889. Simply stated, our mission is to connect people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives, and strengthen our community.
In this digital age, the role of Denver Public Library in the community has changed. We have been on the forefront of libraries offering eBooks, but that’s not the only way our service has shifted. With the rise in unemployment, we have increased our resources for job seekers – from technology classes, to more public computers. Our Fresh City Life cultural programming provides free ways to engage the community in creative lifelong learning opportunities.
2012 will prove to be a pivotal year for us with the possibility of a ballot initiative addressing library funding. Community engagement will be crucial and we are planning to have several opportunities for public input throughout the year to discuss the future of DPL."