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  1. WELCOME BUILDING PLANNING COMMITTEE January 21, 2004 6:30 – 8:00PM ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY

  2. Tonight’s Agenda • Agenda & Process Bob Wilson • STPL – Then & Now Jan Butler • Branch Library Data Bob Wilson • Branch Evaluations Committee • Next Steps Bob Wilson ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY

  3. Tonight’s Objectives • Increase committee’s understanding of STPL history & current status through: • Jan’s presentation • Branch Comparison data • Get feedback from committee members relative to their evaluation of branches • Schedule next steps ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY

  4. Process Roadmap • St. Tammany Demographics • St. Tammany Parish Library • Peer Libraries • Library Standards • Prototype Regional & Branch Libraries • Recommendations (Draft) • Recommendations (Final) ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY

  5. STPL THEN & NOW January 21, 2004 ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  6. Jan Knows Libraries • 30 Year Career in Libraries • 10 Years at New Orleans Public Library • Drove a Bookmobile in the French Quarter • Joined STPL in 1987 • Head of Automated Services • Assistant Director • Director 1996 ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  7. STPL Pre -1987 • 1983 – 10 small branches and a bookmobile • Madisonville was a two room house • Libraries were part-time, open 3 days a week • “Black” branches closed in 1985 • Bookmobile retired in 1986 • Abita and Bush were the same as they are today • Buildings were first generation library buildings ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  8. FOLSOM BRANCH 1950 - 1987 ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  9. 1983-1987 Building Plan • In response to quadrupling of population • Full time hours of operation • Two new large branches at Slidell & Covington (HQ) • Tripled the size of Mandeville Branch • New buildings at Folsom, Lee Rd, Madisonville & Pearl River • Restroom renovations at Abita, Lacombe & Bush branches ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  10. Additions Since 1987 • New Lacombe Branch • Opened in 1993 • Modular building • Actually smaller than existing building • Pontchartrain Branch • Opened in 1993 • First rental facility • Response to growth in southeast Slidell ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  11. Additions since 1987 (Cont.) • Causeway Branch • Opened in 1999 • Second rental facility • Response to growth in Mandeville • Mandeville Branch • New Restrooms in 1998 • New Roof ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  12. Additions Since 1987 (Cont.) • Electronic Resource Center • Opened in 1999 • Rented facility at Koop Dr • Moved to Covington in 2002 • Headquarters Annex • Rented facility 2002 • Technical Services • Branch Run Depot • Maintenance Facility ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  13. Jan as Director 1996 • Focus has been on core library business • Collection development • Books are not an endangered species: there will always be demand for a “book on the beach” • Magazines & Reference • Professional Staff • Adult & Children’s Programming • Avoiding getting lost in “trends” • Library is neither a bookstore nor a coffee house ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  14. Lost Opportunities • Libraries need space for ART • Lack of Museums in St. Tammany • Display space has by necessity been given over to book shelves • Programs stunted by inadequate meeting space: • Romance Writers may have to move offsite • Overcrowded summer reading programs • No space available for teens to meet & interact ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  15. Lost Opportunities (Cont.) • No room for a “Friends of the Library” gift shop and perpetual book sale. • Insufficient “relaxation” reading areas • Feeling of “airiness” and open sight lines ruined by additional shelves and electronic media. • No space available for study carrels • Not enough storage areas for staff equipment and supplies (Story kits in attic) ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  16. Lost Opportunities (Cont.) • Full shelves result in buying fewer volumes than we should • Full shelves result in “weeding” items we would like to keep ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  17. STPL today is a very strong parish library system with a wonderful collection, an excellent staff, and a community hungry for library services. It is a tremendous community resource that is constrained by its buildings. STPL TODAY ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  18. ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY footer

  19. Branch Comparison Charts January 21, 2004

  20. Branch Evaluations Your Turn!

  21. ABITA SPRINGS • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1974 • Collection: 17,772 items (3.4%) • Circulation: 18,303 (1.8%) • Square Feet: 1,600

  22. BUSH • Date Established: 1952 • Current Building: 1975 • Collection: 16,499 items (3.2%) • Circulation: 21,151 (2.0%) • Square feet: 1,600

  23. CAUSEWAY • Date Established: 1999 • Collection: 19,248 items (3.7%) • Circulation: 51,846 (5.1%) • Square feet: 4,900

  24. COVINGTON • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1987 • Collection: 114,154 items (22.3%) • Circulation: 204,444 (20.00%) • Square feet: 18,252

  25. FOLSOM • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1987 • Collection: 21,775 items (4.2%) • Circulation: 20,754 (2.0%) • Square feet: 2,000

  26. LACOMBE • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1993 • Collection: 15,193 items (3%) • Circulation: 26,966 (2.7%) • Square feet: 1,600

  27. LEE ROAD • Date Established: 1987 • Current Building: 1987 • Collection: 19,057 items (3.7%) • Circulation: 21,502 (2.1%) • Square feet: 2,000

  28. MADISONVILLE • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1987 (Built in 1906) • Collection: 22,937 items (4.5%) • Circulation: 23,619 (2.3%) • Square feet: 2,000

  29. MANDEVILLE • Date Established: 1950 • Current Building: 1986 (Enlarged in the 1990s) • Collection: 83,156 items (16.2%) • Circulation: 208,002 (20.5%) • Square feet: 10,000