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    • 2010
      Annual Report
    • 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.
    • Meribah’sLeadershipTimeline
    • 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.
    • Partnerships
    • 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:
      • Healthy Worthington
      • Sustainable Worthington
      • 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.
    • Get Involved!
    • 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
      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
      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
      Takae Ibaraki
      Janet Ingraham Dwyer
      Amanda Ishtayeh
      Amanda Jackson
      Mike Jones
      Stacy Kafun
      Lucy Kaminski
      Jieun Kang
      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
      Diane Palliser
      Jane Parnes
      Susan Pavilkey
      Jennifer Pawley
      Debbie Perrin
      Bill Persi
      Natalie Pfahl
      Shonali Raney
      Lovely Mondal Ray
      Marque Reavley
      Molly Reeber
      Nancy Robbins
      Linda Roberts
      Denise Sagoes
      Terry Schimmoller
      Linda Sexton
      Shiva Shakeri
      Amanda Shifflett
      Amy Siefer
      Janet Spray
      Andrew Stefanik
      Joyce Stonebraker
      Jeffrey Strasser
      Noelle Stucki
      Nancy Stuller
      Carol Sullivan
      Lisa Tomashuk
      Ray Traub
      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
    • Library Donors
      The following people and organizations made contributions to Worthington Libraries in 2010. Their generosity will help preserve library service for future generations.
      Sharon Brevoort
      Megan Brown
      Lisa Davies
      Marian and Lawrence Fisher
      Randy A. Foster
      Barbara Groseclose
      Judith Ann Lowe
      Joan Ottolenghi
      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