January 22, 2022

Tennessee: “Nashville Seeks To Fill Its Library ‘Deserts'”

From Nashville Public Radio:

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.


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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.