New Jersey: “Montclair Public Library Aims to Be ‘Center of the Community'”
The Montclair Public Library has amped up its mission statement, and is now reaching toward the next four years with a sprawling and multi-pronged Strategic Plan.
At its base is a push to be acknowledged as the center of the Montclair community.
Administrators want the library to be a “clearing house” for local community groups, as Montclair Public Library Director David Hinkley told The Montclair Times. They want more people to come to the library – there is no replacement for physical interaction in the community, even amidst technological innovations, Hinkley asserted. Still, tech-savvy the library does want to be: it plans to acquire 500 more e-readers, to have a stronger presence on social media, and to finish digitizing its image collection.
There is a subtle but important shift at play. From the Strategic Plan document: “In a sense, the Montclair library is about people, not about books.”
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