Senator Jeff Brandes announces Public Libraries Innovation Plan

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Today, Senator Jeff Brandes filed SB 608 –Library Innovation, designed to transform the state’s existing public library networks into a cutting edge, interactive system that meets the dynamic needs of Florida’s communities. 

“Technology is changing rapidly, and the libraries of Florida are incredible assets we must continue to invest in,” said Brandes. “Libraries hold tremendous possibilities for innovation, and I believe that our libraries will engage users in ways that we are just beginning to imagine.” 

This bill creates a Library Innovation Task Force that, working with professionals in the field, will put together a 10-year plan to advance Florida’s Public libraries.  It also lays a framework for a “Library Innovation Grant” to be spent on the expansion of services and technology available throughout the state. 

“I took a tour of the Orange County Library in Orlando, and was amazed at the type of services and technology they provide,” Brandes stated. “My hope is to bring these advancements to communities all over Florida.” 

“In order to insure the vitality of our libraries we must provide the tools that will best serve the public and foster technological growth,” stated Representative Kathleen Peters, who is sponsoring the companion measure in the House of Representatives. “This bill rewards innovation and forward thinking, which is what we need.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.