2/12/15

REVIEWING THE PAST YEAR AND A LOOK AHEAD by Jon Walker

2014 was a striking year at the Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD).  Our key service results were the best ever.    
We carefully monitor four areas of service.  These are (1) Circulation—The number of books and other materials checked out, (2) Digital Use—The number of times customers log-on library computers and access other library-hosted online and wireless services, (3) Program Attendance—The number of individuals participating in any of the variety of cultural and educational events regularly sponsored or hosted by the library district, and (4) Visits—The number of people who come into our libraries to read, study, learn, and exchange ideas.
We strive to improve these measures in order to ensure PCCLD is meeting its mission to provide the best possible library service for the community.  I am very pleased that PCCLD set new all-time records for each category in 2014:
·         Circulation—2,484,858 checkouts.  This is the first time ever with more than 2 million checkouts in a single year.
·         Digital—923,717 uses.  This is a 29 percent increase over the year before, and provides further demonstration of the growing impact of digital services on the library.
·         Programs—179,351 participants.  This is whopping 47.5 percent increase over 2013, and represents another way today’s library is changing in the modern world.
·         Visits—1,424,303 visitors. A 12.5 percent increase.
PCCLD enjoyed unprecedented success in 2014.  We expect 2015 to be another great year, too.  We have set even loftier goals for each of our key results.  Here is what we aim to achieve this year: (1) Circulation—2,900,000 checkouts, (2) Digital—1,800,000 uses, (3) Programs—315,000 participants, and (4) Visits—1,900,000 visits.
I am excited about our accomplishments in 2014 and the challenge of meeting our goals this year.   Congratulations to our employees and the community for an impressive year just completed. I believe we are aligned now for an even more impressive 2015.  

2/9/15

2015 GOALS by Jon Walker

The Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD) has an important set of goals it is working to achieve this year. The outcomes we seek will position us well in our mission to provide the best possible library service for our community. 
I encourage you to review the complete 2015 plan, which is available online at http://www.pueblolibrary.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2015Budget%20-final.pdf. Here are some of the highlights you can expect to see during the course of the year from your public library:
· We will expand our wireless and mobile services as online information in the USA continues to move rapidly this direction.
· Customer service will be a top priority. We understand that personal service is an important value that sets us apart.
· Our efforts to digitize access to local information of significance—such as historic local newspapers—is critical work that will occupy our time and resources.
· We will implement strategies to ensure our back office operations are as streamlined and efficient as possible. This allows more opportunity to focus resources on individualized customer service at the point of need.
· PCCLD will continue to develop work spaces where people can meet, collaborate, and create in areas of common interest utilizing current tools for computing and technology, science and writing, and producing video, art, and music.
· We will provide the support necessary to ensure our three new libraries--Giodone, Greenhron Valley, and Lucero--are fully integrated and supported by the district.
· PCCLD will focus special resources on important areas of service such as assistance for English language learning and early literacy.

We aim to continue enhancing our connection to the community we serve. I believe you will agree that 2015 should be another momentous year for PCCLD.

LOCAL HISTORY AT THE LIBRARY by Jon Walker

Our community enjoys a rich and diverse history.  This is the story of the people and events helping to shape the saga of this region over ...