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Addition at Ira Twp - What to do with the new big room

I think that the new room should house the computers with privacy booths on the sides. I think it would be nice to have the adult books there and then the front of the library could be for the children. The employees could watch the children easier and control the coming and goings of the kids. I also would like to see computers in the children section so the children aren't distrubing others while on the computers.

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Install pockets in Melcat books to hold paperwork

It would be simple enough to paste card pockets, or some other holding device, in each book sent through the Melcat system, so that there would be a place to safely store the paperwork needed for return. It is difficult to keep track of these loose papers, especially if you have many current loans.

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Move Local St. Clair Cnty Non-Fict books (977.-)to it's own display to make it more accessible

Main Branch idea: I've noticed that our local area non-fiction books that are shelved within the general non-fiction are both on bottom and top shelves, in the very last row of the stacks, and are generally messy due to the nature of the bindings (some are thin, soft cover, paperbacks). They are generally lost back there. It would be fantastic to pull these local non-fiction books out into a DISPLAY of their own so ...more »

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Community Partnerships

We could partner up with local businesses, maybe a choose a new one every three months, and have a program that benefits both of us. The business could do a special promotion such as for every $20 spent, or for every 10 items purchased, a customer could get a stamp and after 5 stamps they could receive a free movie rental or a $2,00 printing credit. Therefore helping to strengthen the bond between the library and the ...more »

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Mac Computers

It would be nice to have a Mac computer at all of the branches, or at least the top 4 largest branches, with some of the more popular Adobe programs that staff could log patrons in to use. This way patrons who would like to take some of the GaleCourses about photoshop could learn how to use it, as well as those patrons who would like to use photoshop but cannot afford to buy it.

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Re-arrange Main Branch or relocate Men's restroom

I would love it if the men's restroom in the Main Branch wasn't located in a remote location close to so many book shelves. I dread looking for books in that part of fiction. There is a lot of traffic, with several men, some of whom make me very uncomfortable, squeezing past in the narrow aisles. The air often smells like deodorizer or worse, and the loud sound of flushing is frequent. The library should be a pleasant, ...more »

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Improve search/ card catalog options

I love the online search system for the Norwalk, CT public library. Book images are displayed, and if you click on the card catalog number, books with nearby catalog numbers are listed. It's like looking at a book shelf for all the branches combined. I like that! Also, when you search a topic, a tremendous number of options, with details, show up on the page, not just ten. Please take a look at that system and see what ...more »

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Writing Program/Writers' Group

I would like to see a program for writers where they could meet (once a month?) to share their writing, offer comments/suggestions, proofread for each other, etc. If grant money could be acquired, an annual publication could be produced, similar to SC4's "Patterns" book. We could have writing contests for poetry, short stories, fan fiction, and memoir.

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Cleaning and care of the building

I think it can be assumed that the majority of our patrons are from the retirement community or are older in general. Not to assume anything but they may have improvised immune systems, COPD, or just plain have allergies/asthma. I'd like to say I'm not old but dust kills me. Can we perhaps once a year or ongoing clean our shelves of the layer of dust that is inherent in storing books. Especially with our closed ...more »

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DVD and films

It would be excellent to have independent films, foreign films, and documentaries available. We live in a community where only mass marketed films are shown, many of which are not high quality. The academy award nominated docs and foreign films are a great place to begin. They could be offered for $4.00 to earn back the money. Make fine films, creative films available to this community. It would be a great educational ...more »

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Staff Council

Create a representative staff council that would be directly involved in operational planning, The council would be responsible to take the pulse from a frontline perspective, develop ideas, and offer substantial input into all proposed initiatives. This would be a way to decentralize decision-making, facilitate information flow, and substantially improve morale and staff investment in outcomes. What if we had an ...more »

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Community Partnership (CMH)

Perhaps we could partner with CMH in helping the library staff understand and assist with the patrons who the staff may not know exactly how to meet their special needs. Perhaps CMH could do an inservice? Or they could just have one person available for questions should the library staff have any. I think dealing with the public and some of the special and varied personalities that walk in the library doors takes ...more »

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Book "marketing" inside the library

I'd like to see "internal" marketing in the library. Someone suggested re-organizing the books into genres. Another suggested doing that with the movies. Why not take baby-steps and offer "book-talkers" on the shelves. You could have a tag on the shelf that says, "If you like Janet Evanovich, you might like Stephanie Bond..." Another idea is to have a dedicated book display, similar to the dvd display in the main ...more »

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Partner with Community (Studio 1219)

The Main Library branch has display windows on the first floor that honestly don't work well with books. Patrons can't really see the displays from the street level and most patrons are shy about asking for books in them. Another use for them could be to partner with Studio 1219 and see if they would like to show some of their artist's artwork in the windows. For example, some of the kids that take class there can ...more »

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Offer Reading Recommendations

I'd love to see Reader Advisory in our libraries! To that end, we could add a "Reading Recommendation" page to our website similar to these 2 libraries:

 

Cleveland's 3-for-3 & Read Intuit

http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/Reading-Recommendations.aspx

 

Clinton-Macomb's 10 in Ten

http://www.cmpl.org/WeRecommend/default.asp

(I even LOVE their list with the number of circulations!)

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Maintain printed book collection

It seems there is a trend toward e-books and digital collections. That is fine, but please maintain the collection of printed books. Some school libraries are moving away from print; my concern is reading on a computer device is distracting for many. Printed books are still a good investment and are accessible to everyone.

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Start using the event feature on the library facebook page

Creating an event allows it to be shared with friends and marks it on your facebook calender.

You already have the technology in place and the names times and class descriptions on the main library website calender. It would take seconds to copy and past them. Doing so will increase exposure, and draw more people to the library.

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Offering Kids Programs at Later Times

My toddler is very social but every program available is in the mornings. We are late risers and can not make it to morning events. Could you offer programs in the late afternoon or evenings? I would also like to see more "family" programs. Maybe a craft class for all ages and mom and dad can participate too.

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Collections/Resources

UV Film on Main Branch Windows to proctect books from fading

At the Main Branch the large print collections and 900s in the Non-fiction suffer a lot of fading from light coming in the windows. UV film would be an easy, inexpensive fix to help protect the library's collections. It would also be beneficial in the juvenile room.

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Retain Current Issue of Magazines

I think we should go back to not allowing the current issue of a magazine to be checked out. I don't think it looks good to have our magazine section displaying issues that are two or three weeks old, and it would be nice to have those issues available for patrons to read while they're at the library.

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Closing Time Announcement

It might be a good idea to make an announcement, like a public page 15 minutes before closing, instead of flickering the lights. The announcement could say that the library will close in 15 minutes and everyone is invited to check out materials at this time or to complete any business at the desk. Then possibly another announcement could be given saying that the library will close in 10 minutes, and then 5 minutes.

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Community Resource Desk

What if we created a community resource desk? This would be its own desk and would house every different type of local/community information. It could be placed near the front door and staffed by one person (possibly Reference staff could rotate). Patrons could come to this desk to find things like maps and city guides, bus schedules, times and locations of local meetings, contact information for representatives, voting ...more »

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Legal Self-Help Days

Why couldn't we offer legal self-help days periodically? We could give presentations on resources available to people representing themselves in court proceedings, and possibly partner with a local attorney or law student who could meet with people at the library on these days to answer basic questions or help them fill out forms. The whole day would focus on all things relevant to self-representation. We could also ...more »

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Holds

Place holds/materials in bags similar to interlibrary green bags. Patron's last name, or if this is conflict in privacy, a user id they choose that can be made a part of their record can be written on card and inserted in viewing window. Bags (with a grommet for hanging) can be hung in public area for patron to retrieve. This would work well with a self-check system.

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Change the Focus of Staff Development Day

Make half of SDD an open forum where staff and administrators can openly discuss issues, share ideas, and resolve problems. The other half should consist of relevant programs designed with a specific plan in mind of exactly how the information provided is going to be applied.

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Volunteer EDevice Help

Why not set up a program where patrons could bring in their devices and work together to help each other navigate eBooks? There could be a Kindle group, Nook group, etc. It would be similar to genealogy help clubs where patrons learn together and identify common problems. Staff could use this information to help in our own retraining.

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Digital Sinage

Consider providing digital monitors that could promote programs and highlight library information and services. A slide show of photos from library events that have been posted on the Facebook page could be part of the display as well.

 

http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/departments/Pages/Digital%20Signage.aspx

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/redwoodcitylibrary/709395641/

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Outdoor Community Bulletin Board

Build outdoor community bulletin boards that anyone could post on. Similar to the covered bulletin boards in College towns. They would have to be protected from the rain but open to anyone to post on. The library would periodically check and remove postings. If each branch featured this type of bulletin board, the library could offer postings on these bulletin boards for a nominal fee. For example someone could walk ...more »

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VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol

Adopt a VOIP phone system, instead of using traditional phone lines, a system could be setup using phones over network data lines. This would create a savings on phone bills, all Library locations could be reached via extensions rather than having to hang up and dial a new number. The expenses for this system could arrive in one bill, for substantial savings, instead of 11 separate bills for each library location.

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Technology Planning

Hire a technology guru to help plan for the future for technology in our libraries. Not just set specifications for laptop purchases but to say "hey the standard will be touchscreens so that is what you need to purchase instead" or "smart tv's that can be programmed at the Main and the info sent out to all branches for promotion (with an ability to add local information at the branch) would work better than projectors ...more »

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Electronic Mailing Lists

It would be great for the public to able to sign up for mailing lists. They could sign up to recieve electronic newsletters, upcoming event information or lists of new books (or music, videos, etc) and have it delivered directly to their email account.

We could have text message alerts as well.

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Public Online Forum

Like this one but on an ongoing basis. Public version for everyone to talk about services and policies. With moderators from the staff.

Public could ask questions, and be responded to by staff.

 

Online book discussion groups could also be a part of the forum.

 

Private side for staff to discuss internal issues as well.

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