At its June meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss future library services and buildings, known as Pierce County Library 2030; library services for Fife residents; progress to appoint a new Board of Trustee; and other issues. The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, June 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include the following.
- Future library services and buildings—Pierce County Library 2030: In May the Library conducted 16 community meetings with the public and five regional meetings with community leaders to get feedback on proposed improvements and recommendations for how the Library can best meet future community needs. The recommendations were based upon extensive involvement with communities and input from thousands of individuals, combined with an assessment of current library services and buildings, information about future population trends, and best practices from successful libraries. The recommendations included adding a library in Frederickson, along with expanding all 17 current buildings and relocating some libraries. The recommendations consisted of increased seating; expanded spaces for people to read, study, and learn; more computers; and a wider selection of books and materials. Participants at the meetings felt the recommendations were responsive to public comments and future growth trends. Many attendees offered suggestions and ideas about relocating some libraries. The ideas from the meetings and other public involvement activities will become part of the facilities master plan, Pierce County Library 2030, which is expected in fall 2009.
- Library services for Fife residents: At the Fife City Council May 26th meeting, the council voted to place a measure on the November election ballot to annex to Pierce County Library for library service. At the Library’s board meeting, trustees are expected to pass a resolution to concur with annexing the City of Fife to the Library. If voters elect to annex to Pierce County Library, Fife residents could immediately get a library card and check out books and other materials, as well as access all online services, which require a library card. Pierce County Library would open a library in Fife by June 2011.
- Board of Trustee position: This week two board members participated on a panel and interviewed four candidates for a vacant Board of Trustee position. At the June board meeting, Board Chair Eugene Matsusaka is expected to present the selected candidate’s name to the full Board and ask it to forward the name to Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy for appointment. The Library is not a part of Pierce County government. By state law, county executives appoint trustees.
The Library serves 534,000 people in all of unincorporated Pierce County and 14 cities and towns.