Revisiting and Reimagining Public Libraries in the 21st Century

May 26th,2023 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Karen Pierce, MLIS

Revisiting and Reimagining Public Libraries in the 21st Century


The Erie County Public Library has a plethora of resources – some brand new and some perennial favorites. Let's take a moment to revisit what we have to offer. The partnerships we have within the community are the lifeblood of the library. We wouldn't be where we are today without our patrons, friends, and supporters. Join ECPL Director Karen Pierce in examining how legacy services endure, new resources emerge to meet today's evolving needs, and share their vision for the future. 

*Please note: the lecture is free, but we ask you to register 24 hours before the event if you are purchasing a lunch. There will not be extras available for purchase at the lecture. You are welcome to bring your own lunch as well. Thank you for understanding! 


Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Friday, May 26 at Noon

Admission: FREE, optional $5 lunch (must pre-register 24 hours in advance)

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Karen Pierce, MLIS

Karen Pierce's passion for libraries can be traced back to her childhood library in New Jersey. It was a tiny but welcoming building built in the early 1700s. When she grew up and found herself at Slippery Rock University, she spent significant time working on community engagement and rural library development, building a new library in 2018. Karen has worked in the book industry for over 23 years, gaining experience in retail, wholesale, independent consultant book sales, and libraries. As a seasoned director she is passionate about advancing the education of technology and connecting people to information. She is excited to join the team at the Erie County Public Library and will help plan the new Millcreek Branch Library. In addition to Rotary, she is involved in the Lawrence Park Historical Society and the Iroquois School Foundation.