The Denver Post recently wrote an article about how libraries need to reinvent themselves in the digital age titled: "Digital update for the public library" (12/7/11).
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).
The Denver Public Library is excited to announce the newest updates to our Digital Collections website. The updates include a refreshed design, new content, powerful zoom tool, social tools, organized browse pages and an easy to use search and refine interface.
In addition to the popular western photos, art, maps and building plans that have been offered in the past, newly digitized materials have been added making searching for digital historical materials much easier:
On Monday, November 14, the Denver City Council will vote to pass the City's 2012 budget. After much discussion and negotiation, we are anticipating that the Library's budget will essentially remain flat for 2012. If approved, we will have the same service levels as 2011 (outlined in my last blog post), and the new branch in Stapleton will be open 32 hours per week.
Also, you may have seen in the Denver Post recently that Mayor Hancock opposed Councilman Chris Herndon’s potential amendment to increase funding for the Denver Public Library in 2012 in order to support additional hours at branches that serve the poorer neighborhoods in Denver. At the November 7 City Council meeting, Councilman Herndon decided not to bring this amendment forward.
Deadline for Entries:
Jpeg images must be received by Wednesday, November 30, 5 p.m. MST
Exhibition runs at two venues:
CPAC, January 10 - February 11, 2012 (Reception Friday, January 13, 5-8 p.m.)
Central Library, Level 5, January - March 2012 (Reception tba)
It’s official; our world has become inundated with instruments of intrusion, invention, interaction, and instant gratification that have changed the way that we interpret our environment. This i‐volution has affected photographers as much as anybody, giving us more ways to see, capture, and share the images that surround us. iWorld invites you to respond to the “i‐zation” of our nation with your best interpretation, inspiration, innovation, or illustration of the world that you see.
UPDATE: The audio archive is now available in the Digital Collections Catalog.
StoryCorps is a national oral history project that encourages us to listen to each other by sharing the stories of our lives with the people we love. Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve these stories by recording high-quality interviews between friends or family.
Today, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the Denver Public Library will not have to close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012, which is great news for the short-term. However, we are still in dire need of a long-term sustainable funding solution to ensure the best-possible service to the Denver community.
The $32,104,500 budget proposed by Mayor Hancock would provide funding to maintain 2011 service levels: 18 of the 23 branches will be open four days (32 hours) a week; four branches will be open six days (48 hours) a week, and one branch will be open four days a week and a half day on Sunday (36 hours). The Central Library will be open 52 hours a week, with weekend hours from 1-5 p.m. In addition, the budget funds the new branch in Stapleton, at a service level of 32 hours per week.
The Denver Public Library Commission to hold public hearing on the 2012 Library Budget Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Michael Hancock announced on September 13, during his budget presentation to City Council that the Denver Public Library will not close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012. The Denver Public Library Commission is holding a Public Hearing about the 2012 Library budget to gather feedback and answer any questions Denver residents may have.
A free parenting series begins September 8. Nannies, caregivers, grandparents and teachers are also welcome!
The Eugene Field Branch Library will be hosting a free parenting series on four consecutive Thursday evenings in September, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experts in the fields of parent education, finance, health literacy development will present logical, common sense techniques to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming job of caring for your child.
The classes are free, but each session is limited to 30 participants so registration is required by calling 720-865-0240. These classes are intended for adults only, so please arrange for child care.