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Staying Fit During Slim Times


Libraries during hard times

Libraries during hard times

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  • In the year that I’ve been the Director, I’ve lost 1 full-time employee and 5 part-time. I’ve hired 5 people.


  • 1. Staying Fit During Slim Times Bolivar County Library System Lynn F. Shurden, Director
  • 2. Status  Began FY with proposed budget of $619,590  As of today, that budget has been reduced to $614,938  Traffic in the library is up 50% over the same period as last year  Circulation and computer use are about the same
  • 3. What services have been cut or modified  No Services have been cut  Changes to periodicals purchased  WorldBook Online instead of individual sets for branches  Color copier/printer services  Costs of printing and faxing reduced
  • 4. Our Focus  Telling the “good story” − Newspaper coverage − Local television coverage − Appearances at city and county board meetings − Going to the schools  Thanking the funders − Every possible occasion
  • 5. New Focus  Open Houses at the branches  New Print brochures with information about the individual branch  Newsletter  New activities for Friends  Speaking at community events
  • 6. Changes made  Branch managers  Children’s Coordinator  Financial Manager  Cross-training  Staff training and meetings  Inmate Labor  Formed a grant writing committee
  • 7. Costs  Able to eliminate janitorial costs with using inmates  Contract for financial services paying no benefits  Combined positions at four branches and added benefits for employees as incentives  Buying supplies on schedule and not as impulse
  • 8. Anticipated changes  Branches closing  Sharing more ideas and training with neighboring libraries  Possible application for grants with one or more libraries in order to match grants
  • 9. What scares me the most!  Having to cut staff  Unexpected costs  Trickle down effect of state funding