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Jacksonville Public Library Capacity Plan
Reports (includes Final Report) | Board of Library Trustees ad hoc Board Capacity Planning Committee
Despite its growth and importance in the Jacksonville community and the local economy, the Jacksonville Public Library has faced annual budget uncertainty and significant decreases in its operating budgetóeven following a large expansion in 2004 resulting from the Better Jacksonville Plan.
In response, the Board of Library Trustees retained a consultant to determine the capacity of the library to provide quality services into the future. The library selected through competitive bid Godfrey's Associates, Inc., a library planning and consulting firm, to develop an integrated Capacity Plan to guide the library in delivering services. The consultants were charged with developing a plan that provides a roadmap for moving toward more sustainable facilities, Information Technology, services, and funding; that will guide decision making for resource deployment and service delivery; and that will include priorities, goals and objectives for the next 10 years.
Godfrey's Associates utilized the data the library collected in our earlier strategic planning process but also looked in more detail at the library's capacity to provide services in the constrained fiscal environment we expect to operate in for the next few years. In addition, the firm examined our buildings and technology, and involved the community in making decisions about facilities, services and service capacity, and funding into the future.
The consultantís recommendations were developed with input from the library, the community, and stakeholders, and are included in, "Past, Present, Future: A Library for the Future for Jacksonville, Final Report of the Jacksonville Public Library Capacity Plan Study."
Recommendations Submitted to the Mayor and City Council
The City of Jacksonville Municipal Code directs the Board of Library Trustees to provide the mayor and City Council with recommendations for action within 60 days of receiving the consultantís plan.
On July 14, 2011, in a unanimous vote, the board agreed to forward to the mayor and City Council five recommendations from the consultantís report. On July 15, 2011, the board submitted its recommendations to the mayor and City Council. A brief summary of the recommendations follows. Further details are included in the complete report of recommendations by the board.
Jim Selzer, Board and Committee Chairperson
Barbara A. B. Gubbin, Director
Four public meetings were held January 11 and 12 to review consultants' findings regarding the Jacksonville Public Library system. Below are slides from the presentations given at each meeting.
If you would like to comment on the board's recommendations or the capacity plan, you may submit your comments below: