We would like to share some of the ways we put our Strategic Plan into action last year and what we would like to accomplish in 2016.
During an ambitious renovation of the Halperin Building we extended hours at the West Harrison Branch, continued to provide the same number of library programs in 7 different locations, launched a new digital collections archive, Harrison Remembers, and a new website, introduced new digital services like Flipster, Lynda.com, and more!
Beginning in 2014, the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building will undergo a significant upgrade that will enhance the physical plant, provide a more attractive environment, expand technological capabilities, and provide increased access for patrons.
Executed a Campaign to Introduce the New Facility
Completed Construction and Reopened for Business
Install Interior Doors
The West Harrison Branch is in a much-loved older building, centrally located in the neighborhood's retail heart. It provides a familiar and comfortable venue for patrons of all ages and we believe that it is important to retain this atmosphere while continuing to upgrade the facility.
Undertake Comprehensive Study of Patron Needs to Identify Opportunities to Renovate the facility to better serve the community
Identify steps to achieve improvements including additional funding and using under-utilized spaces in the Senior Center
Launched Harrison Remembers, a Digital Collections Archive
Created 2 Collections (Parsons, Hills) to Enhance School Curricula
Expand Programs for Teens and Preschoolers
Increase Participation in the Summer Reading Game
Redesigned Library Website
Hired Outreach Librarian
Expand Offerings for Seniors with an Emphasize on Socialization & Learning
Expand Efforts to Reach & Serve Hispanic Population
Opened Learning Center with Laptops and Adobe Software
Opened Children's Discovery Center with AWE Learning Computers, iPads, a Smart Table, Robots, and More
Expanded Digital Offerings with Lynda.com, University of Fashion, IndieFlix, and Flipster
Provide Access to Technology Patrons May Not Be Able to Afford (3D Printer)
Coordinate with Local Tech Companies to Design & Implement Innovative Computer Programs
Target and Create Tools to Improve Communication & Access for Patrons
Purchased and Installed Self-Check Machine
Created New Feedback Mechanisms on Website & Service Desks
Hire English/Spanish Library Assistant
Offer Additional Support for Sunday Visitors
Identify Opportunities for Specialized Employees or Consultants
Established Kiyoko Brown Endowment Fund
Reconfigure the Friends Organization into Sub-Groups
Plan a Large Annual Event Attracting High-Income Parents
Contract with a Professional Development Director
Better Coordinate Friends with HPLF to Explore Development Activities