Library Advocates, Legislators to Meet Tuesday March 24 to Discuss the Future of Delaware’s Libraries

DLAlogoDelaware library officials, friends, advocates, patrons, and other lovers of libraries will have an opportunity to meet with legislators at the annual Delaware Library Legislative Action Day on Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is presented by the Delaware Library Association.

A full day of activities is planned, including an information session at the Dover Public Library, and lunch with legislators followed by discussions with legislators at Legislative Hall.

Since the first event in 1992, library supporters have influenced legislation and funding to benefit libraries throughout Delaware. During that time, state funding for libraries has increased by more than 150 percent, and more than $25 million of state funds have gone into library construction projects during the Markell administration. Statewide library technology infrastructure, broadband, and wireless access has been achieved and more than half a million Delawareans and/or their families have library cards.  The Delaware Library Catalog eBook lending program enters into its fourth year with Delawareans downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines over 30,000 times each month.

Library Legislative Action Day gives librarians and library advocates an opportunity to thank Delaware legislators for their support of libraries as well as to influence future legislation and funding.

About the Delaware Library Association

The Delaware Library Association ( is a chapter of the American Library Association, and its mission is to promote the profession of librarianship, to advocate for library services, and to provide information and services for Delawareans.  DLA is the only statewide association that represents all types of libraries including academic, public, school, and special libraries.

Contact: Cathay Keough,

Delaware School Libraries Council to Conduct Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries

The Delaware School Libraries Council, with support from the Delaware Department of State and the Department of Education, is embarking on a Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries, a comprehensive planning effort designed to create a vision that will inform solutions for the development of state-of-the-art school libraries.

The year-long planning effort, which will appraise the current status of school library services and will address future trends and needs, will be conducted by the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware and Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants. IPA has an extensive project management and strategic planning background in the public sector. Himmel & Wilson specializes in evaluation and planning services for libraries.

“Delaware has made a great investment in upgrading the services offered to residents in our 35 public libraries across the state,” said Secretary of State, Jeff Bullock. “Creating a Master Plan for Delaware’s school libraries ensures students will have the resources they need to be successful within their schools.”

“This is an opportunity for our school librarians, teachers, administrators, students and families to share their needs and help us coordinate services and resources across our state and between our public school and library systems,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.

This school library planning process builds upon the strategic Statewide Master Plan for Delaware Public Libraries which resulted in significant improvements in public library buildings and sharing of library collections statewide through the Delaware Library Catalog. “A statewide strategic approach to all library services will support Delawareans in achieving potential in their education, career, and throughout life,” according to Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian and Chair of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

The consultants will review background documents and national research, and will obtain input from school librarians, educators, district administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups. A focus of the researchers is determining the most effective methods to integrate electronic resources, instructional technologies, and information literacy/fluency at the individual school-building level. The project will identify ways to utilize print resources to engage elementary-age children with reading, and methods to equip older students to navigate and apply information resources in the post-secondary realm.

The final plan submitted to the Delaware School Libraries Council will provide recommendations for an integrated framework for school libraries, including library services, collections, funding, staffing, operating costs, maintenance, performance indicators and measures, policies, and state and local governance. The summary of efforts to improve school libraries to date and the recommendations for the Statewide Master Plan for Delaware School Libraries can be found in the 2013 Annual Report of the Delaware School Libraries Council.

The Delaware School Libraries Council was enacted by Governor Markell in 2011 through Executive Order 30 to improve and extend school library services that are essential to educational success.

The Delaware Division of Libraries is a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries.

Delaware Library Consortium welcomes six new members

DDLCatLogoFinal 8-25-10Over the last 18 months, the Delaware Library Consortium (DLC) in cooperation with the Delaware Division of Libraries (DDL) was pleased to add six new member institutions: Barratt’s Chapel and Museum, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware’s Legislative Hall Library, Fort Delaware Society, Positive Outcomes Charter School, and Thomas Edison Charter School. These six institutions join the 35 public libraries, six academic libraries, two school libraries, and seven special libraries currently in the DLC. Membership in the DLC allows institutions to add their print collections to the online Delaware Library Catalog ( as well as digitized collections to the online Delaware Heritage Collection (  The participating collections may be searched online, all at once or by individual library.  All Delaware libraries are invited to join the DLC.

“Thanks to the consortium, Delawareans now can easily search the millions of physical items in the participating institutions, as well as the online digital collections,” said Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian.  “Due to the collaboration among the DLC participants, Delawareans now have access to more.”

About the new libraries:

Barratt’s Chapel and Museum houses a research library emphasizing Methodist history and the archives of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference. The archives contains a wide variety of material dating from the eighteenth century to the present, including membership records of closed churches, annual conference records, sermons, memoirs, and personal papers.

The Biggs Museum of American Art, a private non-profit museum in Dover, Delaware, exhibits and collects fine and decorative arts of Delaware, the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Nation from 1700 to the present. The Biggs research library includes catalogs, reference works, and select biographies.

Delaware’s Legislative Hall Library contains a collection used for legislative research and is also open to the general public.  Featured collections include: Original Bills back to 1973, Session Laws from the 1770’s, Delaware Code, Senate and House Journals from 1949, Previous Executive Orders from Castle through the current Governor, books on the history of Delaware, and Delaware Constitutional Debates, 1897.

The Fort Delaware Society is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1950, and dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Delaware, a Civil War prison camp on Pea Patch Island. The society maintains the Emerson Wilson Research Library focusing on Civil War research and publishes books and documents related to Fort Delaware.

Positive Outcomes Charter School serves students in the seventh through the twelfth grades and Thomas Edison Charter School serves students in K-8 grades.  Both libraries focus on collections to support the learning of their students.


The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog (; Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.


Delaware Department of State | Division of Libraries
Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan, Deputy Director
(302) 257-3002 |


The Delaware Way

Larry invites Annie Norman on to discuss her job as State Librarian. Things have changed technology-wise since she started her job, twelve years ago. So, she discusses how they changed the library over so it has digital access.

The Delaware Way Episode 28 Segment 2 State Librarian of DE

Link to youtube video

Delaware Libraries Help Patrons Make the Most of Their Digital Devices This Holiday Season

tablet_ebooksDuring this holiday season, many Delawareans will be receiving or giving new tablets, smartphones, and eBook readers—and Delaware Libraries have the electronic collections and resources to make the most of them. New for 2014, libraries have added streaming videos and eMagazines to those eCollections!

Patrons can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines, and even watch streaming videos from Delaware Libraries with a library card. Borrowed titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

“Delaware libraries offer an unbeatable value: free checkout of all types of downloadable material through the statewide online library catalog,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman.  “And there are never any late fees!”

Delaware Libraries’ digital book collection has been available for three years, and it has been growing and expanding steadily in that time.  There are now over 16,000 titles in the digital collection.  This collection is very popular with library users.  November 2014 continued the trend of record-setting borrowing levels.  On average, Delawareans download almost 900 eBooks and eAudiobooks daily from the digital collection.

To get started with downloadable offerings visit and visit your local library if you need assistance.


The Delaware Division of Libraries, a state agency dedicated to unleashing the potential in all Delawareans in partnership with Delaware Libraries, offers free access to the online catalog (; Wi-Fi; computers/internet; eBooks, programs/classes, community partnerships, and more.


Beth-Ann Ryan, Deputy Director

Delaware Division of Libraries