Community Benefits – Lots of Facts

 FACT 1. HISTORY

Alfred Dickey Free Library was opened in 1919 with 7,000 books. It now houses 89,000 books, magazines, newspapers, dvd’s and cd’s. Circulation is 142,000 with90,000 patrons visiting the two facilities annually. There are 8 computers and one conference room for public use.

The population of Jamestown in 1919 was 6,627. Today it is over 15,000. Rural Stutsman County adds another 5,500. The Stutsman County Library was formed in 1953 and is currently housed with the county shop.

In 2008, the city and county voters approved overwhelmingly, 72.5% yes, to combine Alfred Dickey and the Stutsman County Library, resulting in the creation of the James River Valley Library System. The libraries are now under one system, but still under two roofs, creating duplication and inefficiency. Alfred Dickey cannot be remodeled to fit today’s need for public space, flexibility and a home for the bookmobile.

FACT 2. NEW LIBRARY EFFECT ON EDUCATION

  1. Education Effect
    1. JRVL will be part of the new “Literacy Task Force,” in conjunction with the Jamestown School District. The goal is to improve reading, literacy, and learning skills community wide. Steps will be taken to measure the results of programs initiated by this collaboration.
    2. In 2012, the library had 179 kids programs with 3,691 kids in attendance.
    3. The new library will provide space for many new programs in the first year. Staff will be augmented by a new “Friends of the Library,” program populated by volunteers creating and leading the new programs.
    4. The new library will add spaces and programs for early literacy, children, YA, and adult learning. There are currently only a handful of YA programs and 0 adult programs. The new library and Friends group will add a significant # of programs.
    5. Library provides a large number of items to the local educational system – bookmobile and teacher requests (common core curriculum)
    6. The Library is the logical resource for parents who want to participate in the education of their children; students in the school system and Home Schooled.

2. Continuing Education Effect

People aged 0-100 come to the library to read and improve reading skills, seek information on jobs, schools, finances, genealogy, how to use the internet, using the internet. The changing e-world demands that the library recognize and react to changes in electronic media to maintain the appropriate learning spaces for the benefit of the entire community.

FACT 3. NEW LIBRARY EFFECT ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

The new library will be a major drawing card and motivator for recruitment of new employees and retention of existing staff.

FACT 4. LIBRARY $ VALUE TO INDIVIDUAL PATRONS & COMMUNITY

  1. This calculator illustrates the savings generated with each use of a library service from borrowing a book to making use of a meeting space.

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/advocacyuniversity/toolkit/makingthecase/library_calculator

  1. Library Financial Multiplier For Community
    1. Construction project will have a $1.38 multiplier. For every $ invested in the construction project, $1.38 will be returned to the community.
    2. Library day to day operations multiplier is $1.40.

http://libraryperceptionreality.areavoices.com/2013/07/30/multipliers/

 FACT 5. JRVLS STATS

Cardholders: 8,500                                         # 9 of 82 ND Libraries 2011

Projected 90,000 visits in 2013                      # 8 of 82 ND Libraries 2011

Total Circulation: 140,000/year                     # 6 of 82 ND Libraries 2011

(Children’s 78,000 circ. # 5 in ND,)

FACT 6. NEW LIBRARY USAGE AND PROGRAMMING GOALS

  1. Library visits will increase to145,000 by the end of the first fiscal year.
  2. Total circulation will increase to 200,000.
  3.  Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult programming, will increase dramatically, with the additional community space and the new Friends Of The Library volunteer organization. There are currently no adult programs offered due to lack of space and staff.

FACT 7. COMMUNICATION

Area Voices Blog in the Jamestown Sun started on July 4th. The goal of the blog is to communicate facts and stories about the library today and in the future. There will be a weekly, or more often, posting. Media and service club visits are being scheduled.

TAKE AWAY

The key to the new building is the flexibility built into the interior, allowing efficient electrical and material movement . Students today are preparing for jobs that don’t exist. Adults are looking for ways to re-invent themselves. The new library will provide the information and the mentoring to bring their dreams to fruition.

The new library will be an economic engine, providing space and programs for patrons seeking the latest information, through a balance of traditional publications and e-materials.

2 thoughts on “Community Benefits – Lots of Facts

  1. Very enlightening! Wonder if the Jamestown Sun would run your weekly blog posts as a regular feature in their newspaper??

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