Library as Community Centre Engaging Local Government Managers as Library Partners. Bette Dillehay Director Mathews Memorial Library Mathews, Virginia. 8,400 Square Feet 4,112 Linear Feet Shelving 39,522 Items. Where the Mobjack Bay meets the Chesapeake Bay. About Mathews County.
Mathews Memorial Library
Where the Mobjack Bay
meets the Chesapeake Bay
Square Miles, 84
Miles of Shoreline, 210
Traffic Lights, 0
Residents of Mathews have historically
been connected to the surrounding waters - harvesting fish, oysters, clams and crabs for a livelihood.
“A Popular Retirement Destination”
The role of city and county managers as advocates for libraries –
The relationship of libraries to quality of life and community sustainability.
Support a dialog which could increase awareness
among managers and other local government officials
of the value of public libraries in the community.
Planning the Direction of Your Community
Mathews Memorial Library
Local Economy Connections
Ensure that the library has a mission and programs that are consistent with community and local government mission and values.
Facilitate aligning the library’s efforts with broader community needs.
Include the library director on the management team.
Include libraries in master planning and strategic planning.
Ensure that libraries are fairly and objectively considered during the budget process and allocation of resources.
Look for ways to integrate library staff with other municipal and county staff.
Facilitate a dialogue and shared understanding on what is excellence for the library.
Keep libraries in mind!
Ensure that library mission is consistent with that of local government.
Get outside the doors.
Be creative about what the library can contribute.
Discover and contribute to the unique capacities and conditions of the community.
Support local businesses and institutions.
Make the library building a community center.
Create a community-minded culture among library staff and volunteers.
“Equal effort is required on the part of local
government and library in improving the quality of
citizens’ lives and increasing opportunities for all.”
Pete Giacoma, Director
Davis County Library, Utah
E-Government and Public Libraries: Current Status,
Meeting Report, Findings, and Next Steps
Charles R. McClure, Director, Information Institute
Francis Eppes, Professor
Jessica McGilvray& Kristin M. Bartin, Research Associates, Information Institute
John Carlo Bertot, Associate Director, Information Institute
“For an e-government service provision partnership
between government agencies and public libraries to
be successful and of continuing benefit to clients in
the future, cooperative funding strategies for
additional technology, as well as staff training, must
become a high priority issue in communities across the
Robert Davidsson, Manager
Government Research Service Section
Library System, Palm Beach County Florida
“The very existence of libraries affords us the best
evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of
T. S. Eliot