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How to Utilize Your Bookmobile in Time of Crisis. How we dealt with a last minute building closing at Medina County District Library Abby Wilson [email protected] System Overview . 6 branches and 1 bookmobile Serving over 170,000 people Located 30 minutes South of Cleveland

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How to utilize your bookmobile in time of crisis

How to Utilize Your Bookmobile in Time of Crisis

How we dealt with a last minute building closing at Medina County District Library

Abby Wilson [email protected]


System overview
System Overview

  • 6 branches and 1 bookmobile

  • Serving over 170,000 people

  • Located 30 minutes South of Cleveland

    • Building Project Started in 2003

      • 3 new buildings, new bookmobile,3 building renovations

  • New bookmobile hit the road in September 2005


Lodi library
Lodi Library

  • New building opened in 2006

  • Third largest branch in our system

  • Average daily door count for 2011 was 340 people

  • Circulates nearly 300,000 items

  • Lodi Population-3,000 people


Trouble strikes
Trouble Strikes

  • Late 2011 structural concerns became apparent in the Lodi Library

  • Based on the building inspectors recommendation, the building was closed to the public with only 3 days notice.

  • Staff scrambled to move high demand items

  • Management needed a way to serve this community


Service area
Service Area

Lodi Library serves members from Lodi, Harrisville, and Westfield Center.


Solution
Solution

  • Provide bookmobile service in the library parking lot


Questions
Questions

  • When will it be there?

  • Can we park it there the whole weekend?

  • Staffing concerns


Training staff
Training Staff

  • Challenges for Lodi Staff

    • Signing on with air cards-slower connections

    • Tricky/heavy doors

    • Cramped space

    • Old cash box

    • Effective winter heating

    • Storage

    • What is where?

    • Created the Bookmobile Guidebook


Logistics
Logistics

Technology Department set up computers in the small, safe area of the building

Lodi Staff moved high circulating items to the same small, safe area



Crisis averted
Crisis Averted

  • Bookmobile service began Nov. 21, 2011 and went through the end of January 2012

  • New “library” opened in the Lodi Meeting Room on February 6, 2012

  • Still waiting for answers

    • Forensic Architechs

    • County Prosecuters



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