The Dayton Metropolitan Library System has awarded a $3.4 million contract to a startup to expand and improve the Dayton Metro Libraries’ library system.
The contract, awarded to the Dayton Public Library System, was awarded last month.
The new library system will offer more than 1,200 electronic reading and research resources to students, teachers and staff at public and charter schools.
It also includes $500,000 to provide digital literacy and technology training for teachers, according to a news release from the Dayton Library System.
Dayton Metro Library board members say they are thrilled about the new contract.
The new digital library system is expected to help us connect more of our library patrons with our community,” said board member Mark D. Stokes.
The library system, which has an enrollment of approximately 6,000, will serve all Dayton residents between the ages of 7 and 20.
The Dayton Library Board voted in February to add the new digital system.
Dell Latimer, Dayton’s vice president of digital, said the new library is expected in the coming months.
We expect to have the new technology ready to go by early 2019,” he said.
Dale Hays, Dayton City Manager, said, “Dayton has the highest literacy rate in the state.
We have the highest levels of access to public libraries, and the digital libraries provide us with the tools we need to help students learn, explore, and connect with books.”
Dale said digital libraries are a great way to bring the libraries into the 21st century and improve access for students.