11/27/13

REFLECTIONS ON THIS YEAR AND NEXT

As 2013 comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the past year at PCCLD as well as what is to come in 2014.

2013 has been a year of change for the library district. Early in the year, new automated materials handling, customer self-service and other related equipment was installed in the libraries. This equipment has helped free valuable staff time. For example, now more than 95 percent of all checkouts are occurring at customer self-service stations, and nearly all checkins are being handled by sophisticated machines. One cannot say enough about the many staff who worked diligently and successfully to accomplish the new model for service. These changes this year are enabling even more impactful enhancements to service in 2014, namely the addition of three new libraries.

PCCLD broke ground on three new libraries earlier this fall. Each of these facilities is scheduled to open to the public later in 2014. The new libraries each will be located in underserved areas of Pueblo County—on the City of Pueblo’s East Side, on the St. Charles Mesa, and in the Greenhorn Valley in southern Pueblo County. Importantly, staffing for the new libraries will come in large part by shifting some employees from current libraries to the newly-built locations. This reallocation of staff resources could not have been contemplated but for the successful implementation of the time-savings equipment and processes touched upon above.

2013 and2014 mark a tipping point in time for local library services. A new model for service and the addition of three new public libraries in the district will place our community in a stronger position as we compete with others in terms of issues related to overall quality of life, education, and public resources. Specifically, these changes and additions also represent the fulfillment in some important measure of a long-range strategic vision that has been guiding us for several years to make greater Pueblo and the Pueblo City-County Library District the best that it can be.

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