Last May, the executive team held a 2 day ADVANCE – and developed 3-year goals. Among the 6 goals identified was the need to “Identify & Sustain Funding sources.” In 2005, when I began at LA Law, we had just come out of a period of time where dollars were scarce and both collections and services had sustained reductions. Fortunately, the uniform filing fee act provided the opportunity to increase our filing fee portion by $6 dollars - $3 in 2006 and $3 in 2007. The library had requested an increase from $12 to $14 in 2001, from $14 to $16 in 2004 and from $16 to $18 in 2005. So within a span of 4 years, the filing fee increased 70%. This tremendous increase has sustained the library over past 4 years – and actually enabled us to generate revenues However, a number of reviews and restructuring has also taken place during that time. There have been changes in the collection, in personnel, in the development of partnerships and in reaching out to the users of the library. Before I briefly go into those changes, let me say that despite our size and the scope of LA Law, …Develop & implement the technology to support our internal / external needsCreate a tranquil atmosphere that encourages and promotes trust, cooperation and mutual support.Build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships within the community.Identify and sustain funding sources.Explore and define the standard for delivery of information in the future.Explore and optimize LA Law Library place in the evolving development of Los Angeles, particularly with in the Civic Center development.
we are all in this together – and both the increases and downturns in the filing fees have been extraordinarily similar.
4 sources of revenuesCourt filing feesInterestParking FeesLibrary ServicesThus far – we are generating a slightly greater portion of revenues from Parking and Services, than filing fees. We are about 10% behind on projected revenues – mostly from filing fees (parking & interest are up slightly; library services down slightly) Court filing fees - 4,927,141Interest - 74,790Parking Fees - 432,618Library Service - 365,975
Expense Distribution:5 CategoriesPersonnel - Library MaterialsBuilding OccupancySupplies and ServicesProfessional Services
Standard Services: Circulation - Copy Center - Document Delivery / E-DeliveryUser Services: Training - Education - Room Rental (venue)Members Program – Partnerships – Library Materials:Collection – print vs onlineRetention Services – Digitization Strategic Planning:Working with the Board to take a hard look down the road and see how best to establish or re-establish what we are doingDo it more effectively, do it more efficiently, do it more collaboratively. StakeholdersCollectionStaffing LevelsLocationsServices
California County Law Libraries HOW THEY ARE FARING
About County Law Libraries HISTORY, FUNDING, GOVERNANCE
A Sampling of Libraries El Dorado County Kern County Los Angeles County Alameda County
County Facts:- Mostly rural county- Largest nearest city:Sacramento (40 mi)- Population: 181,000- Incorporated cities:Placerville and SouthLake Tahoe- Lack of ethnicdiversity (89% white)- High levels ofunemployment in El Dorado County Profilerural areas
Located inPlacerville & SouthLake TahoeSince 18948000 volumes*1500 sq. ft., twopublic computers,wireless internet,Lexis/WestlawApprox. 6000 in-person referencequestions yearlyTwo legal aid clinics, El Dorado County Law Libraryone family lawworkshop weekly 550 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667
Money Money Money….. 29$ per civil filing 2010 filing fee income: $165,500 Average 2010 monthly income: $13,800 Average 2011 monthly income: $11,600
Declining Filing Fee Income (15.33%) El Dorado- 2010 El Dorado- 2011$18,000.00$16,000.00$14,000.00 2010 income: $165,500$12,000.00$10,000.00 $8,000.00 $6,000.00 2011 income: $140,100 $4,000.00 $2,000.00 $0.00 Jan. Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Other Challenges Staffing concerns Electronic resources might not be the answer Lack of County services for disadvantaged population Geographic divide in providing services
Rural Law Libraries: the Big Picture Day in the Life Image/Perception Problem Large impact in communities Small impact in profession Professional development concerns
Solutions Not many solutions for revenue decline Solutions for staffing costs are problematic Greater collaboration with other libraries/organizations Resource sharing, projects, consortium pricing, reference assistance Outreach and advocacy
LOCATED BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA OPEN MON – FRI 8:00 – 4:00
OUR CUSTOMERS 80% PUBLIC USAGE HIGH DEMAND FOR SPANISH MAJORITY OF THOSE WE HELP QUALIFY FOR FEE WAIVER: LIBRARY LOOSES $27 PER PLAINTIFF AND PER DEFENDANT ON CIVIL MATTERS COORDINATE WITH THE FACILITATOR’S OFFICE, THE SMALL CLAIMS ADVISOR, COURT CLERKS, KCBA, AND GBLA GIVE PROCEDURAL INFORMATION AND CHECK FORMS FOR COMPLETENESS
COLABORATING NOW FUTURE CO-SPONSOR ADD ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS LOCATIONS OUTLYING INCREASE COMMUNITIES WORKSHOP ATTEND EVENTS LOCATIONS CO SPONSOR LAW SHARE RESOURCES WEEK ANNUAL THANK YOU
LA Law LibraryCalifornia County Law Libraries: How are the faring?
Vision MissionThe LA Law Library is the Provide access to legalleader in providing public information throughaccess to legal information effective, efficient and collaborative services in order to support current and emerging user needs in a dynamic legal environment.
3 - Year GOALS Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3 Technology Cooperation and Relationships within collaboration the community Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6Identify and sustain Delivery of information of Explore and optimize our funding sources the future place in the Civic Center Development