At its April meeting, the Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees will discuss the search for a new executive director, borrowing with other libraries, accolades for last year’s Teen Summer Challenge online platform, and more. The board meets from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on April 9 at the library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma. Download the agenda.
Executive director search firm choice up for vote
The board will decide on its choice of firms to conduct the search for the library’s new executive director. A team of board members, the community and library staff vetted three proposals out of eight submitted and is recommending Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates to conduct the search. The library’s executive director of 20 years, Neel Parikh, will retire this fall.
A look at reciprocal borrowing for 2013
Pierce County Library has maintained reciprocal borrowing agreements for neighboring cities and library systems since 1971. The library has tracked reciprocal use in detail since 2008. Executive Director Neel Parikh will update the board on last year’s statistics.
Findings from 2013 include:
- 17,987 cardholders hail from outside the Pierce County Library service area.
- The reciprocal cardholders represent 11 different service areas including Tacoma, Seattle, King County and the City of Puyallup.
- Reciprocal cardholders checked out more than 475,000 items representing 6.9 percent of total checkouts.
- Tacoma residents comprised nearly 22 percent of the total checkouts at University Place Pierce County Library and more than five percent of the checkouts in Lakewood.
- Since its agreement with Puyallup Public Library (PPL) began in 2007, Pierce County residents’ use of PPL has increased steadily. In 2013, residents in Pierce County residents represented 33.43 percent of PPL’s checkouts.
- While PPL cardholders using Pierce County Libraries declined slightly over last year, use of the collection remained relatively steady.
Teen Summer Challenge makes “Best Gamification in Business” list
Pierce County Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Challenge landed the No. 7 spot on Clickipedia’s Top 25 Best Examples of Gamification in Business late last month. According to Clickipedia, gaming motivates employees, creates healthy competition among teams, generates buzz or social proof and encourages customer loyalty. Launched in 2012, the library’s Teen Summer Challenge is an online reading program that challenges teens to complete more than 150 different activities, share their learnings and earn prizes. Pierce County Library beat out top household brands such as Verizon, Nissan and The World Bank on Clickipedia’s list. The 2014 Teen Summer Challenge will be unveiled in June.
Pierce County Library’s 18 locations and online library bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn. Pierce County Library is the fourth largest library system in the state, serving 555,000 people. Learn more at www.piercecountylibrary.org.