Message from the Director In early 2010, I was living in Valdosta, Georgia and serving as the director of the South Georgia Regional Library, a position I’d held since 2007. I was happy and content. I had a swimming pool and didn’t own a snow shovel. That all changed on the day Meribah Mansfield announced she would be retiring from her position as director of Worthington Libraries. I worked for Worthington Libraries for more than 12 years previously and regarded the director position here as the ultimate job in libraries. Supportive patrons, wonderful staff and dynamite community partners—what more could you ask for? I was overjoyed to be given the opportunity to lead this stellar library system, and officially took the reigns as director last August. Since that time, I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, like Kathryn Paugh, director of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, and meeting new people, such as Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson. Everyone has been incredibly helpful and welcoming, which is so typical of Worthington and one of many reasons why it’s been such a pleasure to return to this community. The only downside is that I had to break down and purchase that snow shovel! I hope you enjoy reading this annual report and learning more about everything the Library accomplished in 2010. I’m looking forward to 2011 and to working with library patrons, staff and the community to maintain and grow the outstanding services, collection and programs of Worthington Libraries. --Chuck Gibson After a national search, Chuck Gibson was hired as director of Worthington Libraries in August. He replaced Meribah Mansfield, who retired after nearly 19 years as director.
National Recognition In October 2010, Library Journal announced its rating of public libraries, and Worthington Libraries once again received a five-star rating— the best possible— in its category. Libraries were evaluated on several service indicators (circulation, program attendance, etc.) relative to the performance of other libraries in their peer group. Over 7,000 libraries across the country were evaluated, but only 258 received a starred rating. Only 85 libraries in the United States received a five-star rating.
Library Use In 2010… 83,784 people were registered borrowers of Worthington Libraries--a nearly 20 percent increase. Annual user visits to the Library totaled more than 1.7 million. Annual website visits totaled more than 1.5 million. Storytimes at Worthington Park Library attract many children and their families. This flexible space was designed to accommodate large groups.
Library Circulation Our library materials sure get around! We checked out more than 3.5 million items in 2010. Worthington Libraries ranks ninth in the state, behind only the eight metropolitan library systems (which have larger service populations) in total circulation.
Library Circulation in Millions
Library Collection Books account for 80 percent of the library’s total collection We strive to spend 20 percent of our annual operating budget on library materials (the national average is closer to 13 percent) Patrons have access to nearly three million items as part of our resource-sharing agreement with Columbus Metropolitan Library and Southwest Public Libraries Breakdown by Format Fast Facts
In 2010, circulation of digital books increased more than 53 percent. Worthington Libraries provides free access to thousands of eBooks and read-along books available for download. Digital Books
Library Finances 2010 Revenue 2010 Operating Expenditures Total Revenue: $10,350,956 Total Operating Expenditures: $8,219,329
In 2010, the Library completed its fourth Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR (available at www.worthingtonlibraries.org/CAFR). Less than 10 percent of government entities in the United States and only five library systems in Ohio prepare an annual CAFR. Worthington Libraries received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2009 CAFR. Library Stewardship
Library Advocacy In 2010, librarian Mandy Knapp was named one of Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” as a result of her work on the Save Ohio Libraries advocacy campaign in 2009. In June 2010, library staff and board members attended a national library advocacy event in Washington, DC as part of the American Library Association annual conference. The library director and board members meet regularly with state legislators to discuss library issues and to provide information about library services. State Senator Kevin Bacon attended the library’s annual community breakfast where he was presented with a “Find bacon here.” poster, created as part of the library’s award-winning “Find yourself here.” public relations campaign.
Library Services We provide one-on-one resume help for people looking for work. We assist local businesses with research. The Homework Help Center at Worthington Park Library helps hundreds of students each year. External lockers enable patrons to pick up their materials when the Library is closed. Patrons can use instant messaging to ask reference questions. The Homework Help Center at Worthington Park Library provides students with afterschool homework assistance, including computer access, throughout the school year. The Library also provides online homework help, which is available 24 hrs. a day.
The Library delivers books and other materials to those who aren’t able to visit us in person. More 3,250 items were delivered to homebound patrons in 2010. The Library visits preschools, daycare centers and private schools to present storytimes and to talk about library services. In 2010, the library presented 91 outreach programs and activities that were attended by nearly 8,000 participants. Outreach Services
Library Programming In 2010, library programs were attended by more than 48,000 people. New programs, such as Food for Thought and the Technology Petting Zoo, were extremely popular. Due to overwhelming demand, additional storytimes sessions were also added to the schedule.
Jobs and Business Programming We also partnered with the other library systems in Franklin County to present a series of Job Help programs, and independently coordinated programs, such as Upstart Start Ups, aimed at the small business community.
Summer Reading Program Approximately 8,300 children & teens registered for the library’s summer reading programs. The children’s program was presented in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library & Southwest Public Libraries.
Special Events Wes Cowan, star of the PBS show “History Detectives” joined us for an appraisal event in April. People brought paintings, glassware, toys, pottery and other items to the Library to learn more about their history and what they might be worth. Meeting Wes was a huge treat, too! Our popular Touch-a-Truck returned to Northwest Library last fall. Kids and their parents couldn’t wait to see motorcycles, semis and more up close and personal.
Library Staff Worthington Libraries employs 146 people. We are committed to staff development and to training tomorrow’s library leaders. In the last 10 years, six staff members have been hired as library directors. Former Worthington Libraries staff members now manage libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia and Michigan, as well as central Ohio. Who helps us make such excellent hiring decisions? Phyllis Winfield, the library’s human resources manager. She’s pictured here (left) with Sabra Lowe, senior finance specialist.
New Director Search
Meribah Mansfield Retires In January 2010, Worthington Libraries Director Meribah Mansfield announced her plans to retire and pursue education to become an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. Meribah served as director of Worthington Libraries for almost 19 years. She was active in the Worthington community and was widely recognized as a leader in the library field both regionally and nationally. She made a tremendous impact on Worthington Libraries. Retiring library director Meribah Mansfield (center) is pictured here with former library trustee David Barnhart and current trustee Lynn Nadler. Mansfield retired from Worthington Libraries in 2010 after nearly 19 years as director and more than 30 as a librarian.
Saying Goodbye A special community reception was held to honor Meribah, pictured here with her husband, Bruce, on July 23. Hundreds of people attended, including members of her family, friends, members of the community and library officials from across the state. Meribah’s daughter, Jessica Mead, was on hand to celebrate with her mom. Jessica is a librarian, too! We wish Meribah the best of luck as she begins a new chapter in her life!
New Leadership After an extensive, nationwide search process that involved the library staff and members of the community, the library board hired Chuck Gibson to serve as director of Worthington Libraries. Chuck previously worked at Worthington Libraries from 1995-2007 and was originally hired as the library’s first technology coordinator. Chuck left in 2007 to take the position of director of the South Georgia Regional Library System in Valdosta, GA. In August 2010, Chuck Gibson took the reigns as the new director of Worthington Libraries. Although Worthington Libraries has existed in some form since 1803, Chuck is only the 13th director in the organization’s history and only the second man to serve as director (the first was Zophar Topping in 1803).
Saying Hello Library board president Dan Lacey and former trustee Beth Sommer enjoyed the party and the chance to celebrate with the community. A highlight of the event was the “Sink the Michigan Fan” dunk tank. Fun for everyone (except those getting dunked)! Chuck was welcomed to the community in true O-H-I-O style with an OSU Tailgate Party. He’s pictured here, right, enjoying the afternoon festivities, which featured free hotdogs, music and games, with Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson. More than 100 people helped us celebrate Chuck’s arrival.
Worthington Libraries partners with the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the operation of Northwest Library. The two libraries also share a catalog, providing patrons with access to nearly three million items Columbus Metropolitan Library
In 2010, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries contributed more than $26,000 to help fund programs and other initiatives at Worthington Libraries. They also manage the Worthington Libraries Endowment Fund at The Columbus Foundation. Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries L to R: Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members Myra Colflesh, Marilyn Carter and Irene Candy.
In 2010, Worthington Libraries partnered with the city of Worthington and Worthington Schools to coordinate a Visioning Conference with community stakeholders. The process yielded a community action plan which all three organizations used to inform their individual strategic plans and to identify collaborative projects. Community Strategic Planning
Community Partners Key Community Partners Additional Partners The Library also partners with several other community organizations in the presentation of events and other initiatives. Among them:
Worthington Food Pantry
Big Green Head
McConnell Arts Center
Worthington Historical Society
Each year, Worthington Libraries partners with the Worthington Schools to present dozens of events and special programs to support and enhance the school curriculum. We work one-on-one with area educators to increase the success rate of students. The Library regularly partners with the City of Worthington and its many agencies in the presentation of programs and events, such as the community’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We also work closely with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to present programs and provide services targeted to the business and professional community.
Community Involvement Community involvement is part of our organizational culture, and everyone at the Library is encouraged to get involved with other community organizations. As a result, Worthington Libraries staff members are actively involved with more than 100 community and professional organizations. We make every effort to have library representation at all large community events. We also provide patrons with opportunities to help their neighbors in need. The Library is an active participant in the annual Warm Up! America event, which encourages residents to contribute knitted or crocheted afghan squares which are then made into complete blankets and donated to homeless shelters and other agencies. We are privileged to be part of such a caring and giving community. An early morning downpour did nothing to dampen the spirits of library staff who participated in Worthington’s annual Memorial Day Parade. We look forward to being part of this, and so many other wonderful events, each year.
Volunteers In 2010, volunteers donated 6,031 hours of service to Worthington Libraries. This is a five percent increase over hours contributed by volunteers in 2009 and is equal to a savings of approximately $44,000. Volunteers provide help in all areas of the Library, from shelving books to assisting with programs. Faithful volunteer Ray Traub is pictured here working with a student in the Homework Help Center. Ray was the 2010 recipient of the Sheila Vetter Volunteer Recognition Award.
LibraryVolunteers in 2010 Patty Alexander Ellen Armstrong Cindy Ault RadhikaBaldawa Carol Barnum Thomas Bateman Janet Bauer Alison Beck Linda Behrendt Jae Bull Nick Canale Evan Cardellino Jiniya Chandra Emily Chapin Sue Cheng Cassie Clancy James Corder Gilda Cottrill Evelyn Cruikshank JoAnne Cunningham Cate Daily Sallie Danneberger Marianna Darling Sri Dharbhamalla Ying Dong Liz Duncan Lisa Edick Lisa Elliot Kwadwo (KB) Fiakye-Agyeman MajFirouzian Kathy Fischer Erin Fitzgerald Angela Fontanini Rebecca Francis Mary Fulkert Diane Gervais Jeanne Gissel Joanna Gleason Candace Hall Jacqui Henry Mary Herdman Michael Higgins Bob Hollinger Kirstin Hurlbut MassarathHydari Takae Ibaraki Janet Ingraham Dwyer Amanda Ishtayeh VishIyer Amanda Jackson Mike Jones Stacy Kafun Lucy Kaminski Jieun Kang VijayamKeezhpattillathu Denise Kilton Quinton Kiser Amelia Klein Fred Kohn Ron Koncal Amber Korodi Brent Krumenacker Lynne Langley Michelle Larrimer Shana Lear Jane Lee Jessica Lehr Sunny Liao Michael Loeser Andrew Malone Michelle Marcucci Sherry Maspons Mary McClellan Hollie McGhee Dan McSorley Dan McSorley Bonnie Mitchell Ellie Neinast Jennifer Neruda Jane Nichols Nancy Niu RomyOverbeke Diane Palliser Jane Parnes Susan Pavilkey Jennifer Pawley VikramPeriasamy Debbie Perrin Bill Persi Natalie Pfahl RadmilaPopovic HemanthPotluri Shonali Raney Lovely Mondal Ray Marque Reavley Molly Reeber Nancy Robbins Linda Roberts Denise Sagoes Terry Schimmoller CyndeeSchoenhoff Linda Sexton Shiva Shakeri TosinShenbanjo Amanda Shifflett Amy Siefer BethAnnSigrist Janet Spray Andrew Stefanik Joyce Stonebraker Jeffrey Strasser Noelle Stucki Nancy Stuller Carol Sullivan Lisa Tomashuk Ray Traub NganduTshibangu Alicia Vandenberg Gabriel Vydra Amie Wenger Darby Williamson Michelle Wirth Sarah Wright We’d like to thank these individuals for their generous gift of time and their dedication to Worthington Libraries. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 614-807-2643
Library Donors The following people and organizations made contributions to Worthington Libraries in 2010. Their generosity will help preserve library service for future generations. Individuals Sharon Brevoort Megan Brown Lisa Davies Marian and Lawrence Fisher Randy A. Foster Barbara Groseclose Judith Ann Lowe Joan Ottolenghi Organizations/Corporations The Andersons The Betty Jane Meyer Fund of the Columbus Foundation Central Ohio Fiction Writers Chemical Abstracts Service Golf League Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries JC Penney Company Fund Village 17 Condo Association Wednesday Literary Club Worthington AM Rotary
Library Board & Administration Dan Lacey, President James Hill, Vice President David Goldberger, Secretary Janet Brown John Butterfield Lynn Nadler Dawn Valasco Chuck Gibson, Director Monica Baughman, Deputy Director Margaret Doone, CFO/Business Manager Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement Susan Allen, Director of Technology Services Phyllis Winfield, Human Resources Manager Pam Beretich, Executive Assistant Library Managers Amy Brown, Worthington Park Library Manager Jeff Regensburger, Northwest Library Manager Kara Reuter, Digital Library Manager Debbie Zimmerman, Old Worthington Library Manager Board of Trustees Administrative Staff