In order to give our collective genius a jumpstart for the 2008 Goals discussion on Staff day, we have compiled a list of ideas that have been suggested. Some of the suggestions so far have been:
I. Customer Driven Services:
a. Approach our potential customers outside the building, i.e. going to
businesses to talk about how to use our databases; going to the Senior HiRises to discuss starting a book club; taking our booktalks "on the road"
b. Create an outreach plan to identify downtown groups that might be
interested in our services and develop strategies to meet their needs.
c. Get a change machine in our lobby
d. Find a place for, and begin using, the concept of a "Popular Library"
e. Could we do some sort of "curbside service" since we cannot change the
f. Move (Shift) the reference collection so that it "reads" from left to right
g. Develop a consistent outreach program with the Latino community
II. New and Emerging Technologies:
a. Find a projector or flat screen tv or other means to publicize events of the
day in the lobby and outside
b. Investigate a touch screen map/guide kiosk in the elevator lobby
c. Install new shelving for the songbooks on the mezzanine in the NIC room
d. Install and train staff and the public on the new self check units and
investigate a way to have patrons check in their own materials as well
III. Service to Children and Youth:
a. a graphic novels panel or festival? Bring in some big names to attract
teens to the program
b. movie festivals for kids
c. Get a Wii playstation for Skinner room? Or other technology for games
d. Work with teens to re-energize/decorate/reconfigure the Skinner Room.
e. Promote Blastoff to Kindergarten program.
a. Contact all cultural institutions in the downtown St Paul area; we should
have at least 2 cultural programs per month at Central
b. Collaborate with local arts organizations or an arts high school to have a
mural painted on the premises.
c. Collaborate with appropriate agencies to promote the resources of the
library and to promote civic awareness prior to and during(?) the
Republican National Convention.
a. Use our existing public address system to notify staff of events of the day
prior to opening each day
b. Use passive reader's advisory (on the web, in bookmark form) to suggest
titles to patrons
Look over the 2007 goals and marvel at the success we achieved with them. So, what do you think of these goals for 2008? Let us know by replying to the posting which will appear on the Central Loop blog. Please choose 3 of the above goals that you believe should be implemented, and feel free to comment on them.
AND, if you have other ideas, let us know about them as well.