One Maryland One Book
Join Maryland’s biggest book club—One Maryland One Book! The book for 2013 is "King Peggy”, a story of a woman who was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C. in her mid-twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of seven thousand souls on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana.
ASK US NOW
AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service. It uses the expertise of librarians to provide the residents of Maryland and students of Maryland educational institutions with answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet.
Maryland's Essential Resource for Library Information Networks (MERLIN)
MERLIN is an online networking site for maryland librarians, where they can check online trainings offered locally and nationally and register online for classes. Staff development coordinators contribute to online discussions, compare stories, and network with other library staff.
NFB-NEWSLINE® is an automated, interactive audio-information service provided for persons who have visual disabilities. Through a phone call, a patron can access news service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Library Associate Training Institute
All library staff must complete a 90 hour orientation course which provides the overview of library work. Topics in the training are:
• How to answer a reference question
• How to use a search engine
• Visit to the State Library Resource Center
• Customer service and effective communication
• Community information
• Introduction to ebooks
• Reader’s advisory
Maryland INTER-Library Loan
This project provides for the transportation of inter-library loan library materials on a regular basis throughout the state of Maryland . All inter library loan materials are delivered to and received from the Pratt Library in Baltimore.
Summer REading 2013- DIG INTO READING
Summer Reading is a project of the Maryland Public Libraries. Readers from birth through high school can participate by registering at their local public library. Maryland is part of the Collaborative Library Summer Program, which provides graphics and other promotional materials for the program. The theme for Summer Reading 2013 is "Dig into Reading".