David Breen: Libraries evolving into technology and community centers


ORLANDO SENTINEL (Excerpts): “Clearly, the local library is no longer a graveyard-quiet place for browsing through shelves of dusty old volumes.

Orange County’s library system has won national awards for its transformation into a high-tech center with a focus on education and job-skills training.

The Public Computer Center (PCC) at the Charles Wesley Turnbull Public Library on St. Thomas, USVI

Public Computer Center, Turnbull Regional Library

We’ve evolved beyond the ‘building with books’ model,” said Mary Anne Hodel, CEO of the Orange system. “We’re now more of a technology hub, a space to access technology.”

The changes — including e-books, digital magazines and classes that cardholders can take from home — remain in line with a library’s classic mission, Hodel said.

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