We are district (And so can you!): Or, the joys and tribulations of being a library district
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We are district (And so can you!): Or, the joys and tribulations of being a library district

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This presentation discusses what happened when the Hood River County Library in Oregon closed in 2010 and reopened later as an independent library district. It discusses some of the positive and ...

This presentation discusses what happened when the Hood River County Library in Oregon closed in 2010 and reopened later as an independent library district. It discusses some of the positive and negative (mostly positive) aspects of being a district.

This presentation was last given at the annual membership meeting of Josephine Community Libraries Inc. in Grants Pass on July 28, 2012.

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    We are district (And so can you!): Or, the joys and tribulations of being a library district We are district (And so can you!): Or, the joys and tribulations of being a library district Presentation Transcript

    • We are district (And so can you!) Or, the joys and tribulations of being a library district (with apologies to Stephen Colbert) Presented by: Buzzy Nielsen Library Director This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 AttributionJuly 28, 2012 United States license. http://www.creativecommons.org
    • A library like many others Photos c2011 Brian W. Robb. Used with permission.
    • Make that three libraries Hood River Parkdale Cascade Locks
    • Hood River County, Oregon
    • When we were a County department Community Development Budget & Finance Justice Court Administration Health Department Human Resources Sheriff Public Works Emergency Management Forestry Elections Information Technology Parks & Buildings Community Justice Commission on Children & Families Veterans Services District Attorney
    • A dwindling department Hood River County Library budget $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $785,648 $800,000 $690,820 $600,000 $479,486 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2009-10 2011-12 2012-13
    • Increasing costs, decreasing revenues Declining revenue from sale of county-owned timber Mounting PERS costs
    • And dwindling public service Hood River 65 65 70 60 Public 50 34 service 40 30 hours 20 10 0 0 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12* Parkdale Cascade Locks 19 1920 20 14 14 1415 15 1110 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12* 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12*
    • A slight addition:The “D” word
    • Quick primer: library governance Municipal libraries: Part of a larger governmental entity (city, county, school, etc.)
    • Quick primer: library governanceCounty service districts: Districts with dedicated tax funding that are governed by their counties Special districts: Districts with dedicated funding and independent governing boards
    • Things are better. Ish. Hood River 65 65 70 60 Public 50 34 34 43 service 40 30 hours 20 10 0 0 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12* Parkdale Cascade Locks 20 20 19 1920 17 20 17 14 14 1415 15 1110 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2008-09 2009-10 2012-13 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12* 2007-08 2009-10 2011-12* *2011-12 hours figured are averaged as hours increased in January.
    • Numbers can be deceiving Hood River County Library (District) budget $1,400,000 $1,268,993 $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $897,533 $785,648 $800,000 $690,820 $600,000 $479,486 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2009-10 2011-12 2012-13* Over 20% of the 2011-12 budget was grants and donations. One-third of the 2012-13 budget is carryover. *Budgeted amount
    • Library district, take 1 Measure 14-37 Creating a special library district at the rate of $0.70 per $1,000
    • Why $0.70? Standards for Oregon Public Libraries Governance ● Policies Access ● Boards ● Missions ● Branches Staff ● Electronic services ● Benefits ● Long-range planning ● Hours ● Credentials ● Outreach ● Staff development Technology ● Volunteer vs paid Internet speed Materials●● Maintenance● Public computers and & services Community wireless● Technology programming ● Childrens and adult involvement programming ● Civic involvement ● Evaluation ● Friends and Foundation ● Print and electronic offerings ● Partnerships ● Volunteers
    • What community wouldnt want their libraries to be excellent?
    • Our community didnt Measure 14-37 Creating a special library district at the rate of $0.70 per $1,000 FAILED 54% to 46%
    • Shuttered Hood River Parkdale Cascade Locks
    • And we made the news “ Hood River County, OR Library to Close, After Residents Vote Down District ” “ Libraries in Hood River Library Journal June 4, 2010 County Close ” Oregon Public Broadcasting July 1, 2010 “Locking Up an Oregon Library, and Walking Away ” The Oregonian July 21, 2010
    • A harsh way to learn invaluable info 48% 62% 60% 54% 38% 43% 48% 31% 38% 39% 38% If you overlayed demographic maps of precincts with large Latino populations or many 41% 35% workers in the agriculturalsector, they would correspondalmost perfectly with precincts most against the district. Source:Yakley, C. (2010). "Summary of voter data"
    • Salvation: November 2, 2010 Measure 14-39 Creating a special library district at the rate of $0.39 per $1,000 PASSED 53% to 47%
    • Campaign
    • Salvation: November 2, 2010 Measure 14-39 Measure 14-37Creating a special library district Creating a special library districtat the rate of $0.39 per $1,000 at the rate of $0.70 per $1,000 PASSED FAILED 53% to 47% 54% to 46%
    • Hood River County wouldnot have libraries right now if they hadnt been closed.But your mileage may vary.
    • Hard decisions What services can and cant we provide, now and in the future? Should we borrow against future tax revenue in order to open in July? Should we rehire employees of the previous county-run library? Who should we hire? What does the community want its libraries to look like Should we reopen all in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? three branches?
    • The most important decisions Library board: Who will we hire as director? Library director: Who will I hire as staff?
    • Out budget is awesome! ... Hood River County Library (District) budget $1,400,000 $1,268,993 $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $897,533 $785,648 $800,000 $690,820 $600,000 $479,486 $400,000 $200,000 $0 $0 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2009-10 2011-12 2012-13* *Budgeted amount
    • ... but look what else we have to do Human resources Maintenance Finance Information Legal services technology Intergovernmental agreements Administration
    • Policies Mission, vision, and values Meeting room Volunteer Public records Board governance Code of conduct Employee health Library director care benefits evaluation Collection development Privacy Personnel Exhibits Personal services Intellectual property Financial management Strategic goals Public contracting Internet and computer use Library card
    • HRCLD is, in many ways, more like JCLI (or LSSI in Jackson County) than the previous county-run library.
    • Personnel differences County District Retirement PERS 403(b) Unionized? Yes No Health insurance Negotiated Monthly caps Step increases Automatic Merit-based Volunteers 29 90+ Volunteer hours 2,251 6,000+ Anything we can Volunteer jobs Limited get them to do!
    • Increasing costs, decreasing revenues Declining revenue from sale of county-owned timber Mounting PERS costs
    • And were reaching out
    • Thank you View this presentation online: http://www.slideshare.net/hrcldThis presentation was made using open source software: Linux Mint LibreOffice Chromium GIMP ShutterOperating system Impress Web browser Image editor Screenshot utility Presentation program