Magazine article American Libraries

Nashville Mayor Wants City Library to Enfold Media Centers

Magazine article American Libraries

Nashville Mayor Wants City Library to Enfold Media Centers

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Officials of the Metro Nashville Public Schools were taken aback by a press conference Mayor Karl Dean held November 20 at Nashville Public Library's East branch, at which he announced that the city library would begin taking over the operation of school libraries systemwide in January 2009.

Nashville Public Library Director Donna Nicely confirmed to American Libraries that she and Mayor Dean had been conferring with each other for several months about the prospect of combining public and school library operations. "We all talk about thinking outside the box, but here's an idea that truly could transform the public library and the school libraries because we would be enfolding them into the public library structure," Nicely said, explaining that the idea was "strictly a proposal at this point." However, according to CBS affiliate WTVF-TV, she said at the press conference "It's just a matter of organizing it and understanding how it all works and going forward with it."

But school officials seem to have beenleft out of the loop. "Atthis point, we've not had any discussion, we've not had any proposal presented to the school board," MNPS spokesperson Olivia Brown told AL.

The plan starts with NPL taking on the acquisition of materials for high school libraries because, may-oral Public Information Officer Janel Lacey told AL, "Ms. Nicely says those libraries most reflect, in size and setup, what our branch libraries are like. So those would be the easiest to enfold into our library system. …

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