ILS 503: Public Libraries Presentation


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A presentation developed by Bailey Berardino, Ann Disarro, Conor Perreault, and Frank Skornia for ILS 503: Foundations of Librarianship at Southern Connecticut State University in the Spring 2010 semester.

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ILS 503: Public Libraries Presentation

  1. 1. Public Libraries By Bailey Berardino, Ann Disarro, Conor Perreault, & Frank Skornia
  2. 2. Public Libraries A library whose goal is “to meet the informational, recreational, educational, and cultural needs of the community it serves.” Generally funded from public sources, such as tax money. Rubin, R. E. (2004). Foundations of library and information science (2 nd ed.). New York, NY: Neal- Schuman Publishers, Inc. F. Skornia
  3. 3. Public Libraries <ul><li>Are lending libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Have non-circulating Reference collection </li></ul><ul><li>Departments: Children, young adults and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Computer & internet access, and often offer array of media </li></ul>General Information B. Berardino
  4. 4. Public Libraries <ul><li>National Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>State Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>City Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Branch Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Town Libraries </li></ul>Levels of Libraries A. Disarro
  5. 5. Public Libraries National Library Library of Congress B. Berardino <ul><li>Country’s oldest Federal cultural institution </li></ul><ul><li>Largest library in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: “to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.” </li></ul><ul><li>Has extensive digital resources available to all online. Including many primary resources </li></ul>Source: Library of Congress Website;
  6. 6. Public Libraries State Libraries <ul><li>The Connecticut State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services for the citizens of Connecticut, as well as for the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. </li></ul><ul><li>Directs a program of statewide library development and administers the Library Services and Technology Act state grant. </li></ul><ul><li>Administers – Connecticut’s re -search engine </li></ul>Connecticut State Library. (February 8, 2010). About the Connecticut State Library . Retrieved February 25, 2010, from F. Skornia
  7. 7. Public Libraries <ul><li>Towns in Connecticut </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>There are 3 types of town municipal governments: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor - council </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selectman - town meeting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manager - council </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  8. 8. City Libraries City of New Haven <ul><li>City of about 127 thousand people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>White Majority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black and Hispanic populations relatively close </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Median Income: $37.5 thousand </li></ul><ul><li>33% of population 25 and older have Bachelor’s </li></ul>F. Skornia
  9. 9. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Mission The New Haven Free Public Library serves as a resource to provide information, education, and recreation to the citizens of New Haven. It lends books, offers timely, accurate reference services, and provides learning resources to support diverse educational goals for the out-of-school citizens. F. Skornia
  10. 10. City Libraries <ul><li>New Haven Free Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Structure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Overseen by a Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appointed by Mayor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor is an ex-officio member of the Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charged with establishing and enforcing the rules and regulations for the management, protection, preservation of library property, and with hiring the City Librarian </li></ul></ul>F. Skornia
  11. 11. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Staffing <ul><li>About 22 ALA-accredited MLS Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>17 other Staff Members </li></ul>F. Skornia
  12. 12. City Libraries <ul><ul><ul><li>Main (Ives) Branch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fair Haven Branch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mitchell Branch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stetson Branch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wilson Branch </li></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Branches F. Skornia
  13. 13. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Main (Ives) Branch The main branch out of 5 in the New Haven Public Library system. New Haven is a small urban center and county seat. It includes a downtown business and municipal center and suburban areas. F. Skornia
  14. 14. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Main (Ives) Branch The Main Branch is located at 133 Elm Street across from the New Haven Green. After renovation in 1988, the main branch was expanded to 103,000 sq. feet. F. Skornia
  15. 15. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Main (Ives) Branch <ul><li>Lower Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio-Visual Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program & Tutoring Rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First Floor: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circulation Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiction Stacks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Center (Reference Desk) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Floor: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s Room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Area (Technical Services) </li></ul></ul>F. Skornia
  16. 16. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Main (Ives) Branch <ul><li>In Library Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Audio-Video Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Business services </li></ul><ul><li>Job services </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit services – centralized resource for grant seekers, grant-makers, researchers, and fundraisers </li></ul><ul><li>Children and Young Adult services </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Center </li></ul><ul><li>Connecticut Documents </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy Services </li></ul><ul><li>Local History </li></ul><ul><li>Online Services: </li></ul><ul><li>General Reference Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Local History & Genealogy </li></ul>F. Skornia
  17. 17. City Libraries New Haven Free Public Library Main (Ives) Branch <ul><li>Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Haven Free Public Library Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>F. Skornia
  18. 18. City Libraries <ul><ul><ul><li>Satellite Branch of a City Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Serves Westville and environs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The most used branch in the system besides Ives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three levels: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ground – Children, Access Services </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lower – Adult </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upper – Young Adult </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Donald G. Mitchell Branch F. Skornia
  19. 19. City Libraries <ul><ul><li>Reference librarians and books for answering questions on a variety of topics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers with Internet access and office applications (e.g. Microsoft Word) for children and adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers and magazines for in-house reading. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literacy materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job/career books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large-print books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toys and toddler books. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos (movies, non-fiction, and children's). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books on tape. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photocopies for 15 cents per page. </li></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Donald G. Mitchell Branch Services C. Perreault
  20. 20. City Libraries <ul><ul><ul><li>Community: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teenagers doing homework </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adults using the internet </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large children’s section </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting place </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Donald G. Mitchell Branch Focus C. Perreault
  21. 21. City Libraries <ul><ul><ul><li>Head Librarian (MLS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Full Time Assistants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part-time Assistants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Donald G. Mitchell Branch Staff C. Perreault
  22. 22. City Libraries <ul><ul><ul><li>Collection reorganization and renewal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessing the catalog </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Removing old and out of date material </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>New Haven Free Public Library Donald G. Mitchell Branch Project C. Perreault
  23. 23. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A central library in the town of Southbury, Connecticut. Southbury is in the northwest corner of New Haven County. There are rural areas, neighborhoods, and a small business district. </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  24. 24. Town Libraries <ul><li>Town of Southbury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Southbury has about 19,800 residents and the majority is white. The median income is $77,929 with 45% of the people (25 year or older) having a bachelors or more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (2010, January). CERC Town Profile 2010 Southbury, Connecticut. Retrieved February 26, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  25. 25. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Their mission is to provide an accessible and attractive central source of information, recreation and education for the town of Southbury. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southbury Public Library. (2006). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  26. 26. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New facility built in 2006 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>32,000-square-foot Building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two stories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$661,237 Yearly Budget </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>90,000 Books and Serial Volumes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open 7 days a week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town of Southbury Connecticut. (2010). Southbury Public Library. Retrieved February 26, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  27. 27. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First floor: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reading room with fireplace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>conference room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>study room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>meeting room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>art gallery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>recording studio </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second floor: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teen area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s area </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Story-time room </li></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  28. 28. Town Libraries <ul><li>Town of Southbury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational Structure: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selectman- town meeting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The First Selectman is the head of the board of selectman. Business is conducted in town meetings which are held twice a month. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Departments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boards and Commission </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  29. 29. Town Libraries <ul><li>Town of Southbury </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boards and Commissions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A 9-member Library Board of Directors. This is an appointed and volunteered position. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departments: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The library is a department of the town. The head librarian is a department head. The director is a paid position and is hired by the Library Board. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town of Southbury Connecticut. (2010). Southbury Public Library. Retrieved February 26, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  30. 30. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 full time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 part time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 have MLS degrees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>60 Volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  31. 31. Town Libraries A. Disarro
  32. 32. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Town </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gifts and Grants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends of the Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers from the community committed to supporting the library and the community. Everyone is welcome to join the group. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  33. 33. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliomation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A member-driven, non-profit organization that provides for the technological and automation needs of over 40 public libraries and 24 K-12 schools throughout Connecticut. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reference USA </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>JobNow! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An online and live resume and job assistance service. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliomation Inc, Libraries Sharing Computerized Services. (2009). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  34. 34. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P rograms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book and Film Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures, Concerts, Movies, & Club Meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s and Teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movies, Cooking, Crafts, Drama </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holiday Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Reading Programs </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  35. 35. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web-site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advertize programs in local paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School visits to Region 15 and nursery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>school students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advertize programs on school’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>website </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Send blogs to patrons </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wowbrary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An email service for users to receive weekly emails of the new books the library has added. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  36. 36. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook and Twitter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail overdue courtesy notice rather </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>than mailing the paper notice </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Considering Kindles and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>downloadable books </li></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  37. 37. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Library Innovative Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCOhost Mobile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can access EBSCO Databases on you mobile devices. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text-a- Librarian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use you cell phone to text questions to librarians. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free Wi-Fi Access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CD/DVD Cleaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SAT Prep course </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Milford Public Library. (2010, February 9). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Woodbury Public Library. (2010, January 13). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  38. 38. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Heart of the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$6.3 Million Building Project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funds Raised </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$400,000 Gift from an Estate </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$400,000 Fund-raising campaign </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$500,000 State Library Construction Grant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material circulation increased by 53% </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Patron Registration doubled </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily attendance doubled </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thorson, S. (2006, September). Heritage: Southbury Library. Connecticut Libraries: A Publication of the Connecticut Library Association , 5. </li></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  39. 39. Town Libraries <ul><li>Southbury Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ALA - American Library Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CLA - Connecticut Library Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PLA - Public Library Association </li></ul></ul></ul>A. Disarro
  40. 40. Town Libraries Town of Durham B. Berardino ( 2009) Durham State Population 6,831 3,287,116 Med. HH inc. $99,199 $68,055 Race White: 95% White: 84% Poverty rate 1.7% (‘99) 7.9% Bachelors + 43% 36% Lib. volumes 46,864 (‘01) Lib. Budget $474,424 (8%)
  41. 41. Town Libraries Town of Durham Durham Library Budget B. Berardino Total Budget $474,424 Wages $298,661 Info.Technology $ 37,537 Building/Grounds $60,476 Books & Media $ 52,000 Lib. Expenses $25,750
  42. 42. Town Libraries Town of Durham <ul><li>Town of Durham website (2/15/10) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CERC town profile 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Town of Durham annual budget 2009-2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>B. Berardino
  43. 43. Town Libraries Durham Library <ul><li>Staffing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director, Assistant Director, Head of Children’s services, Head of Young Adult & Web services: all have M.L.S </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 library Assistants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website creator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board with 9 members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hours: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mon - Thur 10-9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fri - Sat 10-5 </li></ul></ul>B. Berardino
  44. 44. Town Libraries Durham Library <ul><li>Mission: To serve the needs of the community </li></ul><ul><li>How do they know what those are: Request forms, discussion with patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Current budget shift to more DVD’s </li></ul>B. Berardino
  45. 45. Town Libraries Durham Library Basic Services <ul><li>Loan: books, magazines, videos, DVD’s, music CD, games, toys, museum passes </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/internet assess </li></ul><ul><li>Copier (charge) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Programs </li></ul>B. Berardino
  46. 46. Town Libraries Durham Library Durham Library Community Programs <ul><li>Book clubs (adult & children) </li></ul><ul><li>Author signings </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations (adult & children) </li></ul><ul><li>Story times </li></ul><ul><li>Summer reading programs: very successful, children of all ages </li></ul>B. Berardino
  47. 47. Town Libraries Durham Library Durham Library Web Site <ul><li>Lists services </li></ul><ul><li>Current community programs & events </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful websites (exp. Homework help) </li></ul><ul><li>Catalog Search </li></ul><ul><li>Community information </li></ul>B. Berardino
  48. 48. Town Libraries Durham Library Cataloging <ul><li>LION libraries catalog: search onsite or off </li></ul><ul><li>20 other towns use, and patrons can request books from others </li></ul><ul><li>E-books: downloadable </li></ul><ul><li>Read & post book reviews </li></ul>B. Berardino
  49. 49. Town Libraries Durham Library Physical Building <ul><li>Small, relatively new </li></ul><ul><li>Departments: Circulation desk, young adults, children, fiction, and nonfiction </li></ul><ul><li>Computer areas, quiet workspaces & reading areas </li></ul><ul><li>Historical room with archives attached to old library </li></ul>B. Berardino
  50. 50. Town Libraries Durham Library Types of Patrons <ul><li>All ages and types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Morning: retired (newspapers and company) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day: young moms and children (story time) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After school: young adults (computers & games) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Later: adults (computer use) </li></ul></ul>B. Berardino
  51. 51. Town Libraries Durham Library Sources <ul><li>Durham public library website (2/16/10) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Interview: Assistant Director: Cyndi Shirshac: M.L.S. (2/17/10) </li></ul>B. Berardino