Broward County Library

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Broward County Library System
Broward County Library Logo.jpg
Country United States
Type Public Library
Established

1974,Since its inception in 1974, the Broward County Library system has grown from two city libraries with a $1.3 million operating budget to 37 county libraries with a $60 million budget. Today, Broward County Library has a combined catalog of more than 2.8 million books, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, a computerized information system with access to the Internet and specialized databases of information, and a comprehensive

array of programs and services.
Location Broward County, Florida
Branches 40
Access and use
Circulation 9 million
Other information
Director Skye Patrick
Website Official Site

The Broward County Library is the ninth largest library system in the United States, and its multiple locations have been referred to as some of the best libraries in South Florida.[1] "The system contains 39 branch locations, which host ten million visitors, and circulates nine million items annually."[2] "There is a Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale, five regional libraries (two are located on Broward College campuses), and a host of branches and reading centers throughout the community."[3] "The Broward County Library has more than one million library card holders who can choose from over three million library materials for public use."[4] "Card holders have access to The Broward County Library's entire collection, with the option of picking up and returning materials at any Broward County Library location." [5]

General History & Highlights[edit]

The Broward County Library was established in 1974 as the result of a campaign by a Library Study Committee which included Library Activists and The League of Women Voters. [6] The system began issuing borrower cards on June 17 of 1974 for 270,000 items in four branches. Over the following three decades, many of the municipalities in Broward County elected to join the county library system. These included Lauderdale Lakes, Coral Springs, Miramar, Lauderhill, Hallandale, Dania Beach, Margate, Sunrise, Deerfield Beach, North Lauderdale, and Pompano Beach.

The Broward County Library was named "Library of the Year" in 1996 by Library Journal and Gale Research. Upon this event, the library operates on a budget in excess of $60 million, holds more than three million items, and has over 10 million visitors a year.

Ongoing construction, including that funded by a $139.9 million bond issue approved by voters in 1999, has yielded the current total of 40 branch libraries and the eight-story Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Main Library houses a Patent and Trademark Depository, the Florida Center for the Book, the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, and Gallery Six, and a public fine arts exhibition center.


On February 1, 2007, Broward County Library opened the first green building in Broward County -- the new South Regional/BC Library.This building makes this no ordinary library, "the structure’s engineers adhered to a rigorous set of environmental standards which include energy efficiency and water conservation".[7] Another unique feature of the library is that it "serves as Broward Colleges' principal research facility, while also meeting the specific needs of Broward County's local seniors, adults, teens and children."[8] "When opened, the library became one of the first joint-use facilities in Florida and the nation".[9]

In mid-2010, the library upgraded its library automated system to new software and hardware platforms, a system that handles over fifty million transactions annually. The system manages and controls the 3.5 million item database, over 1 million library card accounts and millions of processes to enable the check-out and check-in of materials, capturing reserves and holds and alerting customers of overdue items and accounts, including contacting customers by automated phone calls or emails. The library also migrated its web page software to a new platform and a new format presenting its best capabilities and features will appear in early 2011. With over 3,000 desk top computers for public and staff already in use, the library has completed the installation of wireless capabilities in all libraries and has acquired, through grants, more laptops for customer use. New online reference databases and resources were added as in past years and through a commitment made again by the Broward Public Library Foundation, thirty e-book units were purchased for five branch libraries for public use. Since 2011 Broward County Library has significantly expanded its offering of digital books with nearly 13,000 volumes and 9,800 unique titles currently available, including juvenile and young adult. The collection represents many different genres, such as mystery, romance, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, classic literature, biography, self-help, business, humor, history, health, travel, politics, and religion/spirituality. These digital books are compatible with most computers and portable devices with the exception of the Kindle, which is proprietary to Amazon.[10]

Skye Patrick is the Director of Broward County Libraries Division. She assumed her position on April 29, 2013, and brought with her a wealth of experience in library management. Most recently, Patrick served as Assistant Director at the Queens Public Library, where she managed 20 branch locations in that system.[11]

The year 2014 commemorates the Broward County Library's 40th year of operation. The library hopes to continue in its mission to " provide convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation".[12]

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center[edit]

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center

In 2002, Broward County Library opened the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. "Samuel F. Morrison, a former director of the Broward County Library was inspired to build this library after a visit to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library)."[13] The 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) facility has a 300-seat auditorium, 5,000-square-foot art gallery, and Small Business Resource Center.[14] Since its opening, the Center has become an integral part of the community, displaying over 38 major exhibits and offering 184 cultural programs to over 895,000 customers.[15]

The African American Research Library's Special Collections houses over one million items, including rare books, artifacts, artwork, manuscripts, and reference materials focusing on the history and culture of people of African, African-American and Caribbean descent.[16]

The Special Collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center contain the "The Dorothy Parker Wesley Collection, The Sixto Compano Collection, The Alex Haley Collection, The Coretta Scott King Award Books Collection, and The Daniel Johnson Collection."[17]

"The Daniel Johnson Collection is a major acquisition, it contains items which represent the writings of authors dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present."[18]

In 2012, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center commemorated 10 years of the Ashley Bryan Art series.[19] Dr.Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida, School of Information, worked with Bryan to establish a children’s book author and illustrator art series. "The series began with Ashley Bryan submitting eight original art pieces to the library to serve as core of the art collection."[20] It became "a children's book author and illustrator series which has brought Coretta Scott King-Award winning authors and illustrators whose work reflected African culture to the library".[21] "The Ashley Bryan Art series has had a long-lasting cultural effect upon the community bringing children and families into the library and engaging youth with children’s book art and illustrations."[22]

Dania Beach Branch Library[edit]

The Dania Beach Branch Library opened on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Named for long-time library advocate Paul DeMaio, the new Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library is located at 1 Park Avenue East, in Dania Beach next to City Hall. The library is 10,000 square feet in size and houses a collection of over 40,000 library materials for public use. Along with a Group Study Room and space for the local chapter of the Friends of the Library, the building has a multi-purpose room that can seat 75 people. There are 24 public Internet access computers for adults and children and the entire facility has wireless access to the Internet. The building was funded by the City of Dania Beach and Broward County. An adjacent parking garage was funded by the City. The new library is visited by approximately 2,400 library customers weekly. Broward County is responsible for the operational costs of the building. The City is responsible for the exterior of the building including the maintenance of the parking facility. The building is LEED certified for energy efficiency.[23]

Broward County Library Without Walls[edit]

Broward County Library launched its marketing/rebranding campaign, BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls on November 8, 2011. BCL WoW provides library customers with a one-stop concept that gathers the Library’s online resources, including its new free mobile app, also called BCL WoW, into one easy online location

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Broward County Library in recent years has become "BCL WoW," which stands for "Broward County Library Without Walls".[24] The Library re-branded itself to include the use of technology to promote library services.[25] The makeover allows the Broward County Library to "lead the way, telling their customers what's new and what's coming, and not the other way around."[26]

Digital Services[edit]

The Broward County Library system offers multiple digital services for its patrons. Along with the traditional paper copies of books and magazines, Broward County also offers access to eBooks and Audio books suitable for download to patrons’ electronic devices, including Nooks and Kindle. The library also offers a BCL Wow (Broward County Library Without Walls) Mobile App for Apple and Android devices, which allows patrons to search the catalog, place holds, and renew items on their phones. The app also includes features such as locations of library branches, future library events, a list of recommended books and articles based on the patron’s previous book choices, a link for contacting their local library branch, and links to the library system’s Facebook and Twitter pages for other information that may be of interest to the patron.

While the Broward County Library system has a large and varied collection of music CDs for patrons to check out and take home, the library system also offers a service to patrons for free music downloads. Unlike the eBooks, which after a period of time remove themselves from the patrons digital collection and revert ownership back to the library, these free music downloads are available to the patrons permanently. Patrons may download up to six songs a week, and are permanently owned by them. The music is accessible to patrons by using their library card number. This music program also has a downloadable app, but it is administered by the Freegal Music Service and not the Broward County Library system itself.


Branches/Campuses[edit]

Click on links to find directions from Google Maps, telephone numbers, hours, and bus routes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best Libraries in South Florida". CBS Miami. March 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Since its inception in 1974, the Broward County Library system has grown from two city libraries with a $1.3 million operating budget to 37 county libraries with a $60 million budget. Today, Broward County Library has a combined catalog of more than 2.8 million books, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs, a computerized information system with access to the Internet and specialized databases of information, and a comprehensive array of programs and services.Us". Broward County Library. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Broward County Library. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Broward County Library. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Broward County Library. 
  6. ^ "Our History". Broward County Library. 
  7. ^ "BCC South Regional Library". DeRose Design Consultants. 2014. 
  8. ^ "Broward County South Regional/Broward College Library". Harvard Jolly Architecture. 2013. 
  9. ^ "Broward County South Regional/Broward College Library". Harvard Jolly Architecture. 2013. 
  10. ^ Broward County Library. "Our History". www.broward.org/library. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "About Us". 
  12. ^ "About Us". Broward County Library. 
  13. ^ "Story of AARLCC". Broward County Library. 
  14. ^ "About the Special Collections". Broward County Library. 
  15. ^ "Story of AARLCC". Broward County Library. 
  16. ^ "About the Special Collections". Broward County Library. 
  17. ^ Smith, H. M. (2002). "The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center of the Broward County Library: Building Bridges and Beyond". Reference & User Services Quarterly 42 (1): 21–25. 
  18. ^ Smith, H. M. (2002). "The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center of the Broward County Library: Building Bridges and Beyond". Reference & User Services Quarterly 42 (1): 21–25. 
  19. ^ Gómez, E. (2012). "Broward County Library Celebrates Ten Years of the Ashley Bryan Art Series". Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children 10 (1): 18–19. 
  20. ^ Gómez, E. (2012). "Broward County Library Celebrates Ten Years of the Ashley Bryan Art Series". Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children 10 (1): 18–19. 
  21. ^ Gómez, E. (2012). "Broward County Library Celebrates Ten Years of the Ashley Bryan Art Series". Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children 10 (1): 18–19. 
  22. ^ Gómez, E. (2012). "Broward County Library Celebrates Ten Years of the Ashley Bryan Art Series". Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children 10 (1): 18–19. 
  23. ^ Broward County Library. "Our History". www.broward.org/library. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  24. ^ Grubb, S. (March 15, 2014). "Change Agents: Librarian Without Walls". Library Journal 139 (5): 31. 
  25. ^ Grubb, S. (March 15, 2014). "Change Agents: Librarian Without Walls". Library Journal 139 (5): 31. 
  26. ^ Grubb, S. (March 15, 2014). "Change Agents: Librarian Without Walls". Library Journal 139 (5): 31. 

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