Task Force on Financially Sustainable Library Service Models
The Task Force on Library Service models is charged with identifying a number of different service models. For each service model, the task force will describe the level of services delivered to the public, determine the supporting organizational infrastructure (staff and facilities) needed and explain key impacts. Additionally, each service model must be financially sustainable, aligned with revenue projections, and meet the spirit of the Library's mission and vision, as well as the Library Strategic Plan. A Task Force report detailing a range of different service models will be delivered to the Library Joint Powers Board in January 2011.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Final Task Force Report Now Available
The Final Task Force Report to the Library Joint Powers Board on Financially Sustainable Service Models has been submitted. The entire document is available here.
Comments are welcome and may be submitted using the "Add a Comment" link (below). They may also be submitted through the online comment form, or they may be made directly to members of the Library Joint Powers Board.
In addition, there are three Library Joint Powers Board meetings scheduled to consider the service models presented in the report: Monday, February 7, Monday February 14, and Monday February 28 (if needed). The Feb. 7 meeting will be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center; the February 14 meeting will be held in Santa Cruz City Council Chambers. All are scheduled for 6:30-8:30pm.
- Final Task Force Report
- Director's Task Force Presentation to the Board on Feb. 7 (PowerPoint)
- Online Comment Form
- Members of the Library Joint Powers Board - Contact Information
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Bryn's Blog Post
So I signed up for this library task force. Now, on alternate Thursdays, you can find me and the other members of the group hunched around a big table in the meeting room of the central branch.
Twenty years ago I reported regularly to the same building. Back then, I wasn't slicing and dicing budget numbers, hunting for efficiencies. I was earning my daily bread as a book jockey, a library page, in other words, a shelver. Next I did a stint at the Cabrillo Library. Then the UCSC Library, where I now push pixels around as a Web Developer.
What I discovered over those twenty years is that libraries are built on contradictions.
Libraries are warm and welcoming places filled with cold hard facts. They harbor centuries-old codexes and cutting-edge computers. They are doorways to the wide world and community gathering places.
These contradictions, it always seemed to me, are the real secret of a library's success. Especially that last one.
We visit local libraries because they provide access to a world of information. But there's more to it than that. We go to attend an event, do homework with a friend, meet a tutor, or find out about local history. In short, we go because our branch libraries are part of our community.
I've known that for a long time. And now I see it in my kids. We go to our local branch a lot, and I get to watch as they build community together with knowledge.
What I didn't know before joining this task force is just how precious and fragile a thing this is.
It's Thursday morning. Time for another meeting of the Service Models Task Force. We're talking about budgets and efficiencies. But I'm thinking about contradictions. I'm thinking about my local library and hoping it can continue to be as global as the internet, and as local as next door.