Arbor Public Library Presentation Final


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Arbor Public Library Presentation Final

  1. 1. Arbor Public Library Pima County Public Library Tucson, AZ
  2. 2. Mission <ul><li>The mission of the Arbor Public Library is to be the place where the cultural heritage of the community thrives, the way to receive information is as diverse as the people who need it, and quality service is as plentiful as the ideas individuals bring in. </li></ul>
  3. 3. History and Background <ul><li>Founded September 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>28 th library in the Pima County Public Library system </li></ul><ul><li>Wilfred T. Sloan Technology Grant </li></ul>
  4. 4. Westside Development Area <ul><li>Southwest side of Tucson  </li></ul><ul><li>Just under 1,400 people </li></ul><ul><li>Over half, 58.6%, of the residents are married </li></ul><ul><li>71.4% of families do not have children </li></ul><ul><li>The largest age groups are people in their forties, fifties and twenties </li></ul><ul><li>35% of the population speaking a language other than English </li></ul><ul><li>The average income is $56,396, which is higher than normal for both Tucson and the United States in general. </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ What We Are” Role in the Community <ul><li>Community Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a place for neighbors to congregate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A place to use and learn about emerging technologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Information Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical and Digital </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Practical Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work, school and pleasure </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Being a proud part of the Pima County Public Library System we naturally share the same vision, but as a branch we are here to grow as our community grows and to be a starting point for new possibilities.  </li></ul><ul><li>As we explore new possibilities we are counting on our staff to offer ideas and solutions and to carry those ideas and solutions out into our community so that there is a feeling that the members are an integral part of this process as well.  </li></ul><ul><li>As the years go by we will become an established and rooted part of the community and its traditions.  We will become established because the community will think of us first in regards to meeting their needs and wants for information. </li></ul><ul><li>They will know that we offer a place where their knowledge, culture, and experiences are respected and they can expand their aspirations, hopes, and dreams through any format they like whether it be through technology or print and paper.  </li></ul><ul><li>Our emphasis is on meeting individual and community needs - this is our reason for being, and it is the reason we are constantly refining our programs and services </li></ul>Vision Statement
  7. 7. Values <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting formal and informal education </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Language, Transportation, and Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Staff will put patrons first </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage all perspectives in our collection and in programming </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Serve the needs of those in our community </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Have a vested interest in serving the needs of our neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamism </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to change as our community evolves </li></ul>
  8. 8. In keeping with our values and using what we know about the demographics of our community, we have a goal of adding an information literacy component to the curriculum of the current computer skills classes
  9. 9. The World at your Fingertips Practical Lessons for the Digital Age <ul><li>Classes for Community Members </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Topics </li></ul><ul><li>Newly Renovated and Improved Computer Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Six Week Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient Location and Times </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to Online, Library and Community Resources </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample Curriculum <ul><li>Tuesday, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resume building websites, Job search engines, tips on negotiating for raises, conflict resolution in the workplace, How to transition from one field to another, resources for people who want to go back to school or learn new trades </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Thursday, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traveling Smart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>value of a travel agent, where to find cheap accommodations, hidden treasures, best vacation ideas for kids, how to make a travel budget, when is the best time to travel, most important things to pack, travel safety </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. New Position: Community Programs Librarian <ul><li>Takes a leadership role in the design and implementation of new program </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches some of these programs </li></ul><ul><li>Supervises other employees who teach these programs </li></ul><ul><li>Develops and administers surveys and other measurement devices to track the progress of these and other programs and services  </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzes results and prepares recommendations for improvements to programs and services </li></ul>
  12. 12. This Year’s Marketing Proposals <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul><ul><li>National Public Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Library Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking at community functions </li></ul><ul><li>Flyers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Centers </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Assessment of “The World” Program <ul><li>Refer a Friend campaign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give students an incentive to invite their friends to future sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the amount of “friends” to show us how positively past students have described their experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the Start </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the End </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six months later </li></ul></ul>