Update: “Miami-Dade Public Library Closure Plan Would Hit Poorer Areas Harder”
From the Miami New-Times:
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has proposed a plan to close 22 of the county’s 49 library branches, and if you’re living either west of the Palmetto Expressway or in a poorer neighborhood, you’re a lot more likely to see your local library branch shuttered.
While a lot of low-income areas will be losing their libraries, that in and of itself doesn’t tell much of a story. But then we noticed something. With the exception of one location, every single branch slated to close and located in a zip code where the median income is more than $40,000 is located west of the Palmetto Expressway or in southwest Miami-Dade.
Read the Complete Miami New Times Article, View Spreadsheet Discussed in Article
Also from the Miami New Times: “Why Libraries in Miami Are More Important Than Ever”
See Also: Miami Dade Library To Close Nearly Half its Branches (via LJ)
See Also: Miami-Dade County Releases List of 22 Public Libraries on Chopping Block, 251 Layoffs Also Possible
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.