Allegheny County, PA is located in Southwestern, PA and includes the City of Pittsburgh.
Local library officials are reacting to a report by the County-City Library Service Panel.
The report, “21st Century Library Service in Allegheny County,” recommends libraries follow state standards, find more sources of money and consolidate central services. A panel chaired by Buhl Foundation president Fred Thieman produced the report.
“I participated in the meetings from which this report was generated and I agree with the findings,” Carnegie Library of McKeesport director Kelley Moten said. “I was unaware so many libraries in Allegheny County fail to meet state standards. I think the recommendations are logical, and if more funding can be obtained and the state standards can be updated, I believe the recommendations are also feasible.”
The panel of representatives from the boards of the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh conducted community meetings and met with leaders of the 45 independent libraries in Pittsburgh and the county. Foundations paid for the study.
One of the report’s recommendations is to combine Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-District Services, the Allegheny County Library Association and the eiNetwork — the online network for the city and county libraries — into one integrated entity responsible for the provision of agreed upon required centralized services for all public libraries in the county.
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The complete report, 21st Century Library Service in Allegheny County is available here (27 pages; PDF)
The report can also be accessed here.
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