Sure, the Internet's great, but...ever tried slogging through War and Peace on your computer screen? Or getting someone in a chat room to read a story to your kids? Or tried looking up the meaning of the Latin phrase non erat his locus on Yahoo? (It means: "That's not the place for this.") With all the advances of information technology, there are some things that libraries just do better. Consider, for example, the thriving after school homework assistance program launched at our Homewood Branch this year. Or our Job and Career Education Center and our Technology Learning Center-both at the Main Library-which together served some 30,000 Pittsburghers in 2000. There is our Summer Reading Program, which attracted over 25,000 children and teens this year...our monthly visits to senior housing facilities...and over half a million items sent to customers from our Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Suffice it to say, these are the kinds of services you can't download through a cable modem.
And when you combine the reference skills of librarians with the power of digital technology-watch out! All sorts of great things start to happen. That's why we've upgraded our branches with high-speed Internet connections and staffed them with librarians who can navigate the nooks and crannies of the Worldwide Web as adroitly as your fourteen-year-old can navigate a computer game. Our goal at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: To put the entire universe of information right at your fingertips.