May 28, 2022

Public Libraries: The Calgary Public Library is a “Thriving and Enterprising Social Network”

From an Op/Ed by Calgary Public Library CEO Gerry Meek Appearing in the Calgary Herald:

When you turn 100 years old, it’s easy to look back at the world as it used to be. But for the Calgary Public Library, our 100th birthday is a chance to look forward to an exciting and vibrant future.

With every passing day, the Calgary Public Library is more and more successful. We continue to see record use, as hundreds of thousands of Calgarians visit our branches or our website to meet their inspirational, recreational and information needs.

We have grown to be the second largest public library in Canada and the sixth largest municipal library in North America. That success reflects the clear role we play in our community’s quality of life, and there’s every reason to believe our role will be even stronger over the next 100 years.

That’s because, at its core, the Calgary Public Library is about bringing people and ideas together – providing the right space that enables the community to grow while inspiring life stories. We certainly do that in many different ways: through books, music and movies. But increasingly, Calgarians use their libraries as places to meet, to share and to thrive.

The Calgary Public Library is the real life version of a thriving and enterprising social network.

Read the Op/Ed Column

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.