Patron-Centered library design in early stages

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Library staff is making headway in the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to the bookstore model floor plan.

Headings and subheadings have been chosen, according to Director Amy Crump who updated board members during their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11. Staff members are now evaluating each book to determine where it goes.

"That's going to be a little bit more time consuming," Crump said, as she jokingly refers to the subheading as the "theory."

When staff members physically take the book off the shelf it becomes a challenge to definitively say which category it fits into. It will take several months to completely make the transition.

Crump will also be applying for a new grant from Missouri State Library for 10 laptops and an early literacy station. She found that both categories must be combined into the same grant request. The grant would award Marshall Public Library with $16,623, and the library would have to match 25 percent of that, its share coming to more than $4,000.

The grant period starts April 1, according to Crump.

"Would this replace all of the obsolete equipment," John Carton, library board member, asked.

All of the computers would be updated if the grant request is approved, according to Crump, who said many of them are now failing.

The library has expended roughly 30 percent of its budget, which Carton said puts them right on course for the year. Recently, $600 has gone toward purchasing new receipt printers, and $800 covered fluorescent light repairs.

In other news, an optional program called Library Elf will be available for cardholders. The program sends email updates for personal accounts, including due date reminders and titles that are checked out. Library Elf is $2 per year for cardholders.

Board president Anita Wright also asked if the library could look into subscriptions for new eReaders such as Nook. Overdrive, a subscription that allows people to check out electronic literature, is approximately $3,000 per year, Crump said. The program doesn't cover other eReaders like Kindle, but she will do more research on the subject.

The next board meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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