“Free Library and Philadelphia Schools Discuss Partnership to Fill School Librarian Gaps”

From KYW Newsradio:

Most schools in Philadelphia do not have their own libraries.

So the Philadelphia school district is turning to the city’s free library for help, at a time when their system has its own challenges.


Superintendent of Schools Tony Watlington said he was considering using the Philadelphia Free Library.

“We are in conversation with the Free Library of Philadelphia about a potential partnership to fill some immediate gaps with the lack of libraries and librarians in some of our schools,” Watlington said.


Any partnership is still in its infancy, so soon that free library manager Kelly Richards says that while he wants to help the district, he’s not sure what the library system to staff reduced can offer.

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Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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