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Checking in: The Future of SCPL

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.

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Posted by ann on Jan. 31, 2011 at 12:14 p.m.


February 2, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.:

A clear and careful and comprehensive analysis. Thank you to the task force!

I read some of the report. Very hard choices to make. After reflection, I'd vote for D. (But I live near Central.)

A small personal comment - my own decreasing library use is because there are fewer books purchased that I want to read. I no longer come to Central every week to browse the 'new' sections. Mostly I request online and then come in to checkout. I do like the self-serve holds! And miss chatting with librarians. And I bought a UC Friends card to supplement what I can no longer find on our own shelves. I'm not so fond of e readers.

February 3, 2011 at 2:21 a.m.:

I lot to digest--I do like the idea of reducing staff at the smallest branches--one paid employee--for what 16 hours a week? That's a good compromise to closing them completely, but it seems they should be as inexpensive to operate as possible, especially La Selva and Felton--and folks still have access to the whole catalog, delivered to their branch in a few days. Closing a Library would be a sad thing.

February 6, 2011 at 8:12 p.m.:

My mind is blown by the drastic differences in the model, especially closing branches, while the differences in their total operating costs is smaller than 3% (the most expensive model's cost of $11,439,393 compared to the least expensive's of $11,096,334). To me if the price is almost the same than one needs to way the risks and compromises, well documented in the report, with extra care. That makes model C come out the clear winner in my book.

March 1, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.:

If you're going to keep all the branches open, you're going to need staff there, don't think volunteers and machines will do the job. You will need to reduce programming, librarians, and technology. You will become an inferior library system. But the challenges that will face all public libraries in the future with conversion to digital media don't need to be addressed here now.

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