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Australia to the USA. 13 Librarians on a 3 week tour of US public libraries. Jun/Jul 2010

Australia to the USA. 13 Librarians on a 3 week tour of US public libraries. Jun/Jul 2010

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  • American coloursLC (Washington) and Museum of Visionary Art (Baltimore) – T-shirts
  • Presentation – programming emphasis
  • Donations. Strong philanthropy in America. Acknowledgement
  • Branches generally small buildings, not further than a mile between branches and most within a 20 minute walkOne of the busiest libraries in the USA40% of all loans come from their Media Centers. Special collections include the Black Heritage Reference Center and the International Resource Centre100,000 new cards issued annually12.5 million reference queries daily3.6 million website hits dailyFriends Groups have advocacy and fund-raising roles. 2 full time staff have a role in working with Friends groups
  • Featuring hands-on interactive exhibits, learning labs and library materialsVery tired
  • Lots of activity. PCs full.
  • Soft toys on top of shelves

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  • Great Public Libraries Tour II - USA
    Queens Public Library
    New DC Library Buildings
    YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library
  • Queens LibraryEnrich your life
    Strong service orientation and programming
    2009 Library of the Year
    2010 ULC Award for Innovation for HealthLink program
    28,000 programs
    attended by 500,000
  • Structure and Funding
    NFP Corporation governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Mayor of New York and Borough President of Queens for 5 year terms
    CEO and Library Director appointed by the Board
    Budget of 120 million
    – 85% City of New York
    - 7% State of New York
    • 2 % US Government
    • 6% Contributions /other sources
  • Vital Statistics
    Population of 2.3 million with 47% overseas born and 160 languages spoken
    61 branches/community libraries (most between 650 and 1,400 sq m )
    1,100 FT staff, 750 PT staff and 800 volunteers
    7.7 million items / 60 community language collections
    23 million loans p.a.
    15 million visits p.a.
    835,000 active members
    Approx 30 Friends Groups
    with 2,000 members
  • Central Library
    4,600 sq m
    1,300 sq m Children’s and Discovery Centre to open in 2010
    75 staff
    1 million items, 40 languages collections
    2.5 million loans
    Closed stack for 2/3 of collection
    48 PCs in the Cyber Centre plus 8 PCs for word processing
    Listed to undertake renovations in the near future
  • Flushing Library
    Opened 1998. Renovated 2010 (Teens, Media and Quiet Study areas)
    7,000 sq m
    67 staff
    365,000 items
    40 language collections
    1.8 million visit p.a.
    3.3 million loans p.a. (58% of loans are
    from community language collections)
    70 PCs
  • Programs
    • Adult Learner
    • Employment
    • Health
    • Youth
    • New Americans
    • Services to Incarcerated people
  • www.queenslibrary.org
  • New District of Columbia (DC)branch libraries
  • Sample of standardised requirements for all new DC library buildings
    a minimum size of 2,100 sq m
    capacity for 80,000 items
    provision for a minimum of 32 PCs, including PCs for children
    4 to 6 study rooms
    A meeting room for at least 100 people, to be also accessible after hours
    2 ‘conference’ spaces for 8 to 12 people
    a flat floor and as few floors as possible
    space for children’s programs
  • Environmental Features
    High emphasis on achieving LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.
    Environmentally-friendly or green features included:
    vegetative roofs to reflect sunlight and keep the building cooler in summer
    recycled materials in flooring, countertops and wood finishes
    designated space for energy efficient vehicles
    lots of natural light as well as energy-efficient lighting
     
  • New DC Libraries visited
    Georgetown Library (under construction, opening August 2010)
    Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library (under construction, opening July 2010)
    Benning Library
    Anacostia Library