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Communicating to Collaborate, Moving Forward Despite Looming Budget Cuts


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Andrea Kappler
Cataloging Manager, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
ALA Annual - June 26, 2010

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Communicating to Collaborate, Moving Forward Despite Looming Budget Cuts

  1. 1. Communicating to Collaborate<br />Moving Forward Despite <br />Looming Budget Cuts<br />Andrea Kappler<br />Cataloging Manager, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library<br />ALA Annual - June 26, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library<br />Southwestern Indiana, along the Ohio River<br />Evansville, IN, population: ca. 170,000<br />Medium-sized public library<br />Central Library, 7 branches, 1 bookmobile<br />Collection: 948,359 items; 655,651 are books (69%)<br />Staff: 208 employees; 128 FT, 80 PT<br />Computers: 235 public, 182 staff<br />The Back Story…<br />
  3. 3. Technical Services: Departmental Snapshot 2005<br />Acquisitions: 1 collection development librarian, 3 FT support staff<br />Cataloging: 1 director, 1 manager, 1 PT professional cataloger, 6 FT paraprofessional catalogers<br />Serials: 1FT clerk<br />Digitization: 1.5 digitization specialists<br />Processing: 2 FT processors<br />Materials budget:$1.8 million<br />
  4. 4. Complacent attitude<br />Can’t see the forest for the trees<br />Expert mentality<br />Customization crazy<br />The Way We Were…<br />
  5. 5. Gradual staff losses<br />Consultant’s report<br />Digitization initiative<br />Property tax cuts & caps<br />Emerging digital formats<br />Catalysts for Change<br />
  6. 6. A little bit of both!<br />Reactive<br />Proactive<br />Reactive or Proactive?<br />
  7. 7. Relevant to our users<br />Spend our money wisely<br />Do more with less!<br />Our Challenges<br />
  8. 8. Up<br />Down<br />Across<br />Up<br />Out<br />Communication is Crucial<br />
  9. 9. Internal collaboration<br />Administration<br />Cross-departmental teams<br />More “bottom-up” participation<br />External collaboration<br />Vendor partnerships<br />Community partnerships<br />Other library partnerships<br />Grants, donations<br />Collaboration is the Key<br />
  10. 10. Outsourcing<br />Business approach<br />Centralized & standardized <br />Processes<br />Collections<br />Statistical data<br />New & improved collections<br />New products<br />So What Has Changed?<br />
  11. 11. Acquisitions: 2 collection development librarians, 3 FT support staff<br />Cataloging: 1 manager, 1 professional cataloger, 4 FT paraprofessional catalogers <br />Digitization: 1 FT digitization technician, 1.5 digitization specialists, 1 digitization intern <br />Processing: 2 PT processors<br />Materials budget:$2 million<br />Departmental Snapshot 2010<br />
  12. 12. Realign:<br />Staff<br />Collections<br />Expectations<br />Be creative, communicative, & collaborative<br />Do More with Less!<br />