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Surviving in tough times


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ALA Midwinter Presentation

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Surviving in tough times

  1. 1. Surviving in Tough Times<br />The Santa Cruz Experience<br />Teresa Landers, Library Director<br />
  2. 2. The Community<br />Service population 212,000<br />Character/culture<br />Level of support<br />
  3. 3. The Library<br />10 branches plus bookmobile<br />Joint Powers Authority<br />4 City Councilors: Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola<br />2 County Supervisors: Santa Cruz County<br />3 Citizen members<br />Funding: ¼% dedicated sales tax, maintenance of effort and property tax<br />
  4. 4. The Challenge<br />Aging technology<br />No reserves<br />Aging buildings<br />Declining or flat revenues<br />No funds for replacement of technology or vehicles or other capital needs<br />Traditional culture<br />Resistance to change<br />
  5. 5. The Solution<br />Strategic Plan<br />Task Force<br />Challenges force innovation and a new perspective<br />
  6. 6. The Future <br />Fiscally sustainable <br /> service model<br />New staffing plan<br />Challenging transition<br />Morale<br />Transition/change training<br />Personal development <br /> planning<br />Skills training<br />
  7. 7. CONTACT INFORMATION<br />Teresa Landers, Library Director<br />831-427-7706 ext 7612<br /><br />