Mesa Public Library November 2012 Report:
- Our 6 month Self-service hour pilot project completes at the end of this week. Very few of the anticipated issues occurred and the patrons absolutely love it so the Library supervisors unanimously voted to keep the self-service hour at all four locations. The buildings are open at 9 AM to users who can engage in self service activities such as browsing the shelves, checking out materials, leisure reading, using the computers, and more. The desks are not staffed and the phones are not answered. Now that it is no longer a pilot project, we will begin communicating the self-service hour on library information handouts, the web pages, and our signs although it will be noted separately from our regular hours.
- Council just approved the Library’s contract to purchase CollectionHQ and we are very excited to bring this analysis tool to the collection. Prior to implementation though, we have begun large-scale weeding projects at our three largest locations to eliminate dead and grubby stock.
- The construction contract to merge two large meeting rooms into a collaborative workspace/hackerspace with digital media lab at our Red Mountain branch was approved. Our new space will be called THINKspot.
- We are also working with an architect to master plan the Dobson Library which was opened 25 years ago. Originally the idea was to simply refresh and rearrange the furniture for a bookstore feel, but a survey of users and non-users was conducted and we found out their two biggest issues were noise from the children’s area and no restrooms inside the building. We hope to address those two issues and still achieve a space that functions for today’s technology and service delivery models.