At its September meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss planning for future library services, its 2009 budget, the second annual library card drive, and other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Processing and Administration Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- Planning for future library services: The Library is negotiating a contract with Group 4, an architecture, research, and planning firm, to help the Library develop a facilities master plan, which will be a 20-year building plan. The project will include extensive input from people in communities the Library serves. In addition to the facilities master plan the library is working with consultants to determine how to leverage services the library is currently providing to move toward future services. The Library anticipates that the facilities master plan will form a basis for future buildings or expansions or replacements of library branches, as well as delivering services directly to people through kiosks or other remote methods.
- 2009 operating budget: The Board will discuss the Library‚Äôs 2009 operating budget. Currently, library managers estimate a $304,000 shortfall. 2009 will mark the third year of the Library‚Äôs implementation of the re-authorized levy voters passed in 2006. In 2009, the Library plans to begin spending from its reserve of cash provided for in the levy, because that will be the first year that the Library will begin seeing the imbalance between revenues and the costs to run the libraries. Typically, revenues increase by 2 to 4 percent a year, while costs to operate the libraries outpace revenues with an increase of 4 to 6 percent a year.
- Library card drive: In October, the Library will launch its second annual library card drive. The purpose of the card drive is to increase public awareness and knowledge of library services, promote the use of library services, and welcome new card holders. The Library‚Äôs goal is to add 8,000 new card holders in October. The Library is emphasizing that if people haven‚Äôt used their library card in the past two years, it has expired, so now is the time to get a new one. During the Library‚Äôs first card drive in fall 2007, 5,532 people got cards, which was a 54 percent increase in card holders over that same time period in 2006.
Pierce County Library is the fourth largest library system in the state, serving 534,000 people, with 17 branches, three bookmobiles and online services. In 2007, people made 2 million visits to Pierce County Libraries.