The Future of Maine's Libraries

Jul 7, 2014

A woman retrieves a book from library shelf.
Credit Joe Crawford from Moorpark, California / Flickr

  For some, libraries are a relic of the past – a reminder that in our digital age, good old-fashioned hard copies of books still exist.  There’s a good chance, however, that if you only think of a library as a place to check out a book, then you haven’t been in your local library for quite some time.  Today Maine Calling hears from three librarians about innovations at the public library. They’ll share resources you may not be aware that your library offers, and they’ll offer insight into the libraries of the future.

Guests:  Jamie Ritter, Director of Reader and Information Services at the Maine State Library.  Vice-Chairman of the Maine State Library Commission.

Barbara McDade, Director of the Bangor Public Library.  Maine Librarian of the Year in 2002.

Steve Podgajny, Executive Director of the Portland Public Library. Former director of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, and of the Dyer Library/York Institute Museum (now called the Saco Museum).  Maine Librarian of the Year in 2000. Chair of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council.