The Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs has long been recognized as one of the first library systems to offer community information online alongside the patron access catalog. The Library's automated system, named Maggie's Place, was named for Maggie O'Rourke, PPLD's then Head of Technical Services. Maggie II, which appeared more than ten years ago, was based on DEC equipment and got considerable media attention. Migration to the CARL System and Tandem hardware in 1985 allowed Maggie to be expanded beyond 97 terminals. Today Maggie's Place supports 300 dedicated terminals in 11 branches, and provides access to 10 community information files in addition to its online catalog. These popular files include a community events calendar, a community agencies directory, club listings, educational courses, local documents, local authors, senior housing directories, legislative districts, social and economic indicators, and voter information. More than 7,000 people dial in from home to Maggie on a regular basis, using the 4 free lines made available for the public. Many area corporations now show Maggie and PPLD as a menu item on their internal networks.
PPLD's stated mission is to be the center of community information, published materials and community communications. This year, PPLD was selected by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to serve as one of only twelve sites (and the only library) offering the "Imagination Celebration," an impressive collection of performing, visual, and literary arts programs designed for the general public.