Tennessee: “Nashville Seeks To Fill Its Library ‘Deserts'”
The Nashville Public Library last created a master plan for its facilities in 1996. So [Larry] Price, [assistant director of branch services]. said it was time to evaluate demographic changes and determine whether its branches were large enough and in the right locations.
“And we were also looking for … where we have library service ‘deserts,’ ” he said.
Officials found a few deserts — like the areas around the intersection of Dickerson Pike and Trinity Lane in East Nashville.
The plan’s goal is for 90 percent of residents to be within 3 miles, or a 15-minute commute, of a library. Reaching that saturation could take 25 years, Price said. Along the way, residents will get a say in what these future libraries are like.
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.