Upper Arlington Public Library

Ohio is a state full of libraries, with a system of funding that allows all state residents to get library cards, because of this there are a number of smaller systems tucked in the middle of larger systems. One such system is the relatively smaller Upper Arlington Public Library, which is in a small suburb of Columbus. With one main library, and two small branches, this system serves a direct population of around 32k residants.

Like all of the other libraries in this project, the UAPL has a comitment to providing services to patrons through their extensive electronic presence, both in their website and in their OPAC stations. They list subscriptions to over 100 databases, though many of the listed services are merely subsets of larger services. While a fair number are provided in partnership with the state library, they have invested in a fair number of unique services for their patrons. UAPL is also a member of the Mid-Ohio Digital Initiative (MOLDI) as well as CML, which provides access to the Overdrive services they jointly subscribe to.

In looking at UAPL, my questions are focused, as with the other systems, on what electronic services they offer their patrons, what pathways they have to access them, and to what degree children, parents, and teachers can understand why they would want to use specific services.

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