Salo library: presentation of a consolidation of municipalities


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Salo library: presentation of a consolidation of municipalities. Kari Pohjola. Twin Cities Conference: Innovation into Practise- New Service Concepts, Helsinki and Turku, Finland, 13-16 May 2009

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Salo library: presentation of a consolidation of municipalities

  1. 1. Consolidation of Municipalities: Salo
  2. 2. Salo Public Library <ul><li>library activities in the region since 1862 </li></ul><ul><li>present library building from 1986; extension 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>numbers from 2008 (before consolidation) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>staff 27 (professional library staff 22) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gross expenditure 1,8 million euros </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>expenditure on library materials 354 263 € </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>loans / inhabitant 38,5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lending circulation 3,9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>library visits / inhabitant 16,2 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Libraries in consolidation’s frontline <ul><li>Salo’s library strategy from the year 2002: </li></ul><ul><li>” In 2007 there will be only one library system in the Salo region” </li></ul><ul><li>Before the consolidation there was already a common understanding of the future of the libraries in Salo region </li></ul><ul><li>Change was not too dramatic for libraries! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Salo 2009 <ul><li>Number of inhabitants grew from 25 500 to 55 000 </li></ul><ul><li>The old municipalities were suppressed and the new city of Salo was established 1.1.2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The agreement of consolidation was signed in summer 2007: </li></ul><ul><li>” the level of services in the new Salo must be maintained at the same level as it was before the consolidation; it may not be weakened” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the agreement is binding for three years </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Library activities 2009 <ul><li>central library </li></ul><ul><li>9 branch libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in six of them only one employee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multi-service centres </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 mobile libraries </li></ul><ul><li>2 hospital libraries (not open daily) </li></ul><ul><li>staff 45 (professional library staff 38) </li></ul><ul><li>appropriation for library 3,2 million euros </li></ul>
  6. 6. What had to be done? <ul><li>lots of cooperation even before consolidation </li></ul><ul><li>road map to get a timetable for necessary steps </li></ul><ul><li>regional meetings, agreements and decision-making over common library matters before the consolidation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>opening hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>changes to library program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>internal education </li></ul>
  7. 7. Consolidation’s effects on libraries department <ul><li>all units continue as before; there were no demands for reductions </li></ul><ul><li>resources remained on the same level as before </li></ul><ul><ul><li>even a little addition to opening hours and man-years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>lots of independence remains in branch libraries (in acquisitions for example) </li></ul><ul><li>administration, information technology matters and budgeting were concentrated </li></ul><ul><li>customer service has improved! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>common library rules for units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transportation of library materials between units has been started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>co-operation has became tighter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>common reservation list </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Future challenges <ul><li>to maintain a good service level </li></ul><ul><li>branch libraries: equal development or specialisation in some subject fields </li></ul><ul><li>from successful history to bright future </li></ul><ul><li>space solutions </li></ul><ul><li>multi-service centres in branch libraries </li></ul><ul><li>internal and external communications </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you. Kari Pohjola /