|STATS UP YTD||STATS DOWN YTD|
|Collection||juvenile items; adult DVDs/Blu-ray; CD books received; items cataloged||Collection||adult books, CD books, & music CDs; books received; DVDs/Blu-Rays & music CDs received; items in-processing|
|Circulation||total circulation, city circulation, Dodge, and other county circulation; adult and juvenile circulation; OverDrive; renewals; holds filled; ILLs requested by and filled for OPL||Circulation||Waukesha and Jefferson counties; ILLs filled by OPL|
|Patrons||all new registration - adult, juvenile, and city resident||Patrons||total number of patrons due to purge|
|Services||library visits; reference questions; internet uses; exams||Services||room reservations|
|Programs||teen programs; teen summer reading; juvenile outreach||Programs||adult programs & attendance; juvenile programs & attendance; teen attendance; total attendance|
|Web||new newsletter subscribers; Facebook posts created, reach, and engagement||Web||web site visits; web posts created; web emails sent|
PLSR is a statewide project studying how to best provide public library system services in our state. Workgroups were formed to examine each area of library system service and will be reporting back to the steering committee with ideas on how library systems can improve each of the service areas examined. Library directors in the Bridges Library System have continually discussed PLSR issues. The following issues were discussed –
M. Krahn and B. Bleck informed the board that the Common Council recommended cutting the 2018 library budget by $10,000 at the September 26, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting. The committee disagreed with funding for a community needs assessment of communities surrounding the City of Oconomowoc that the library serves. True Non-Resident patrons live in communities that do not have a library. Roughly one third of the library revenue comes from True Non-Resident (TNR) circulation.
B. Bleck returned to the Committee of the Whole on October 3, 2017 with a revised recommendation for fund allocation including cooling for the computer server and telecommunication rooms and additional funding for library programs. The committee restored $8,000 to the 2018 library operating budget.
B. Bleck contacted the survey vendor for an updated quote for the TNR survey. The original estimate was made before vendors were contacted, based on rough estimates from the City Community Needs Assessment amount budgeted in 2017. The TNR survey would likely cost between $2,500 and $3,800 -- far less than the estimated cost of $10,000 included in the 2018 budget request.
The library board discussed the importance of board members letting the library director or library board know of any budgetary issues or concerns on how funds are allocated prior to Council consideration of the budget. The library board discussed their continuing belief that it is as important to assess the needs of TNR citizens as it is to assess those of city residents. The library board discussed the role of the Common Council and the role of the Library Board in funding and budgeting.
The library board discussed that the TNR study will return a profit to the library in the future. As the cost of the TNR assessment is far lower than originally thought, discussion ensued on the suitability and feasibility of funding the TNR assessment with a combination of 2017 dollars, gift fund, or Friends dollars.
The board was in support of completing a True Non-Resident study as soon as possible. B. Bleck will explore the possibility of completing the survey by the end of 2017 and report to the board at the November meeting.
M. Mulder moved to allocate the $8,000 restored to the 2018 library budget to additional program funding and cooling and ventilation for computer server and telecommunication rooms. O. Foat seconded and the motion carried.