Maryland State Library Resource Center

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Governance, Plans, & Reports

Governance

The State Library Resource Center (SLRC) Commission was established in 2005. The Commission advises the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) on all aspects of the State Library Resource Center (SLRC). The Commission makes policy recommendations, reviews grant applications, approves the SLRC Strategic Plan, Annual Plan, SLRC Annual Plan Updates, participates in the development of budgets, and remediates key issues as they arise.

The Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) is authorized by Section §23-105 of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, to provide leadership and guidance for the planning and coordinated development of library and information service in this State, including the development of resource centers to meet the library and information needs of this State, and to administer federal and State funds appropriated to DLDS by the State for library purposes.

The SLRC was established in 1971 to provide and expand access to specialized materials and services necessary for coordinated, efficient, and economical library services in this State.  Section §23-201 of the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, designates the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the State Library Resource Center. SLRC is now recognized as the State Library for the State of Maryland.

SLRC was established in Sec. 23-201 of Maryland Law with the following statements:

  1. Established. – The Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library System is the State Library Resource Center.
  2. Purpose. – The State Library Resource Center shall provide and expand access to specialized library materials and services that are necessary for coordinated, efficient, and economical library services in this State. (An. Code 1957, art. 777-168; 1978, ch. 22-2.)

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)/Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) contracts with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to manage and provide SLRC services to all libraries and, ultimately, to all the residents of Maryland.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library receives funding from two major sources to provide SLRC services: Baltimore City and the State of Maryland.  In addition to state aid provided to all public libraries in Maryland, the Enoch Pratt Free Library receives $9 million from the state to serve as the State Library Resource Center/ Maryland’s State Library.  Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPFL and DLDS, EPFL provides SLRC services to all libraries and residents of Maryland.

SLRC Plans

SLRC Strategic Plan FY2018- FY2021

SLRC Annual Plan FY 2018

SLRC Annual Plan FY 2017

SLRC Annual Reports

DLDS Reports

SLRC Commission Meetings

Dates:

  • September 15, 2016, 10:15 am.
  • November 15, 2016, 10:15 am.
  • January 17, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
  • March 21, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
  • May 16, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

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