Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Find hope in your local library; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/10/17
Marilyn Jenkins, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette;
"While it is important to celebrate their success during the past 25 years, ACLA and member libraries will continue to look ahead. Constant changes in technology, pressure on the RAD to fund a wider range of assets, the growing demands of residents for current information in new formats and the continued need to diversify library funding are just a few of the issues with which we’re dealing. Fortunately, Allegheny County’s libraries now are building on a solid foundation of collaboration.
Our libraries took “A Quiet Crisis” a quarter century ago and turned it into a model of regional cooperation. It is remarkable what can happen when committed individuals share a common vision, roll up their sleeves and work together.
So, if you get discouraged in the days and weeks ahead as the new year unfolds, just pull out your library card and remember what’s possible. And if you don’t have a library card — make getting one your easiest resolution for 2017!
Just visit any local library or www.aclalibraries.org to find out how.
Marilyn Jenkins is executive director of the Allegheny County Library Association."