Audio: “The Public Library’s New Role As Community Center” (Las Vegas-Clark County Library District)
From a KNPR Report:
As Ron Heezen begins his second year as executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, he’s spearheading the county’s efforts to upgrade its libraries.
We call it, in libraries, ‘the third place.’ The first place is your home. You spend a lot of your life there. The second place is work. The third place, of course, is where people go to connect with others. You can go down to your local Starbucks or even to McDonald’s or any other drive-in and you’ll find people there who want to get together with others and talk about things that interest them. It used to be the town square in the small communities in our past,” Heezen said.
As the Las Vegas-Clark County Library system celebrates 50 years of service, and September as Library Card Month, Heezen notes that as of June 30, 2015, an impressive 675,393 people were library card holders in the Las Vegas-Clark County system in a county of about 2 million people.
About Gary Price
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.