Welcome and Introduction Pat - opening remarks thank you for joining us/ what we hope to accomplish and how Pat introduces, Terry, Mark, Dave Terry – remarks: ex. Development efforts – expanding our visibility in the community. Solid organization/ fiscally responsible. Acknowledge Mark Rollins Mark: Comments? Back to PB: to next slide Pat – asks each participant to introduce themselves
Take a moment to jot down on the index card in front of you three things you know about WLS – either through direct experience or a general perception. Be honest. Nothing? Tells us that too. ( PB – have index cards at each seat)
38 Public Libraries in Westchester 44 Total Locations Residents are never more than 7 miles from a library Over 1 million unique books, dvd’s and music titles serving over 500,000 cardholders
WLS Board represents the 15 Library districts – each region identifies a representative, and submits to the nominating committee Meetings are held 9 times a year, various committees meet more frequently Trustees attend NY State Library Trustee Instituted – cutting edge of nonprofit govenance
Our mission is broad… to insure the excellent library services for all. Includes providing support that increases capacity of member libraries, and program initiatives that insure that underserved populations have access to learning – toddlers to seniors.
Lots of activities in the library – not just books on the shelf. They serve as technology centers, lending e-readers, offering free access to the internet on public use computers, and free wifi for laptop users. They screen movies, have book signings and author talks, present concerts and workshops, provide space for local history and art work in public galleries, much more. There are learning centers for all ages, including homework help, teen libraries and special sections for youth. Libraries are increasingly asked to do more with less. You should know that our member libraries are all independent – they are structured as association libraries, school district libraries, or municipal libraries – meaning they are all governed, and funded differently. Many have their own friends groups and/ or foundations to help support the gaps in their budget or to provide special programming for their community.
Economies of scale help to library dollars, efficiencies help provide better serviceCataloging, on-line catalog, Spanish catalog Central Library processing Digital content – e Books, audio, DVDsDigital content – e Books, audio, DVDsIT Support - manage and operate 1000 networked computers WIFI in 44 locations- more than locations than Starbucks! Central Library processing Digital content – e Books, audio, DVDs
Each year – WLS organizes a Advocacy Day in Albany – to keep library initiatives on the agenda on our lawmakers – libraries bring board members and staff to speak directly to legislators on the value and ROI of libraries.
WLS helps libraries reach the underserved populations in their communities through model programs and demonstration projects.
Learning Ambassadors, homework help Creative Aging, SBIC Literacy programs, citizenship ( many online tools - GED) Prison outreach – making resources available
Over 30 years ago, with initial funding from the Kellogg Foundation, WLS created this innovative career and job transition program – working with individuals to find their passion and purpose. In group settings and with individual counseling, the focus is on discovering strengths, skills and passion, leading to productive and rewarding jobs and careers. Collaborations with One Stop and County Government.
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Positioning the library as a neutral, safe place where everyone is welcome.
To audience: ( new index cards) What did you learn about WLS that you did not know before this morning? What do you think is the most important value WLS brings to its constituencies?
Databases? Digital resources? As a business executive, as an employer – are there services that the library can provide?
Westchester Library Systems' Business Round Table
Business Round Tablepresented by Westchester Library System June 20, 2012