Montgomery C ity C ounty P ublic L ibrary uestplex A new family enrichment center for Montgomery, Alabama @ One Dexter Plaza Coming 2014
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From the Desk of the Library Director... Books are just the tip of the iceberg of what the Montgomery City-County Public Library can provide to you. The Libraryâ€™s collection is filled with not only books but some of the best databases, electronic material and media material that can make your information search easier. The mission and vision of the Public Library is to provide access to information in varying formats and to offer the library as a place of enrichment in the Montgomery community. The Public Library is funded by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission through the leadership of Mayor Todd Strange and Chairman Elton Dean. Through the voice of the community, additional funding is provided by the State of Alabama via the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) and the Institute of Museums and Library Service (IMLS) through the Library Service Technology Act. However, the major funding of the Montgomery City-County Public Library is provided by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. Throughout Montgomery County, our eleven library locations strive to provide the best services possible. Presenting local authors, storytellers, and other members of the community in an environment that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer while keeping you informed of the world around you. The services and collection of the Public Library are free to every citizen of Montgomery County. From the young age of one day old until the end of life, our citizens can possess a library card that gives them the best opportunity to pursue educating the mind at their own speed. The enclosed information is one of the many ways that the library uses to keep you informed of how we use your tax dollars. Please take the time to review the information. I am sure that you will agree that for every tax dollar invested in the library, the return to the community is tripled. Keep an eye on the evolving growth of your Public Library as we work to transform how we deliver service to our community to create more ways to connect with information and create a rich family enrichment center in the Montgomery City-County Public Library. Our Quest is to know all things!
Jaunita Owes Library Director
From the Desk of the Library Board President… August 2012 Dear Patrons and Supporters: Thank you for supporting the Montgomery City-County Public Library during the past year! This annual report is designed to keep you informed of the services and programs that the MCCPL offers and to encourage your continued use and support. MCCPL has served the community for more than a century. Along the way, the library has experienced many transitions as it strives to be relevant to the community’s interests and needs. Our mission is clear: “To make readily available to all residents of Montgomery County access to materials, information and services to meet their personal, educational, cultural, technological and occupational needs.” This report reflects our commitment to this mission through the commendable work of the library’s staff. We are excited about the planned relocation of our main library to One Dexter Plaza, where it will become a part of Questplex. Our move will enhance the delivery of contemporary services that befit a 21st century facility. It will also enable us to respond programmatically through advanced technology to the personal interests, educational imperatives and research needs of Montgomery County citizens. Toward that end, we have engaged a library consultant to assist us in examining our systems, expanding Internet access and promoting electronic access to information generally. We expect to relocate the main library by early 2014. The Library Trustees have also created a library foundation to strengthen our ability to raise funds, in cooperation with our invaluable Friends of the Library, to keep our facilities up-to-date and service-friendly, and to assure that you, our users, are exposed to state-ofthe-art programs that are engaging and futuristic. Visit our branches often, and contact your branch librarian to join the Friends of the Library or to volunteer your services in our many programs. The library is moving forward!
Thomas McPherson, Jr., President MCCPL Board of Trustees
Books are just the tip of the iceberg… We Have Books… But We Also Have Much, Much More! During 2010-2011, nearly 1,000,000 times patrons walked through the doors of the eleven library locations of the Montgomery City-County Public Library System. Some came for books, the traditional mission of libraries. Others came for educational programs, to conduct genealogy researches, computer access, or get homework help. Students received help from volunteer tutors and online help with homework assistance. Children listened to stories over the phone via the library’s Dial-a-Story or while in the library for story hour. Newcomers to the area learned more about the community, the city and the county. Avid readers discussed literature with their book clubs. Some used camera-equipped computers to Skype deployed family and friends. Some just stop and read magazine and newspapers. Still others came to attend meetings and workshops.
Public Libraries Enrich the Culture of a Community...
For whatever reason patrons visit the Montgomery City-County Public Libraries, people of all ages and backgrounds find free access to books and online resources, along with expert guidance from professional librarians. These gathering places for the community, open doors to early learning and lifelong learning, while supporting entrepreneurship and re-educating. Here, anyone can stop in, find a new idea, enjoy lighthearted entertainment, travel through history, time and space, build a connection to the community, and better understand the world around them or do a job search.
Small Business Resource Center One of the fastest-growing topics researched in libraries and online is entrepreneurship. Small Business Resource Center offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides users with all the information they need to succeedâ€”How to guides, types of business, business topics, legal forms, and over 500 sample business plans. Small Business Resource Center is comprised of databases selected for searching that offers a combined 1,224,966 articles and are updated on a regular basis. 2
We Have What People Are Reading! In 2010-2011, Montgomery CityCounty Public Library System added almost 22,000 new items to its diverse collection. Many of them New York Times Best Sellers in fiction and nonfiction. One copy of all Fiction titles is placed in each location. MCCPL has the largest collection of books-on-tape, CD and DVD in central Alabama.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach young kids the joy of reading in a format theyâ€™ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce electronic books which can be read, or have read to you. The collection of full length, unabridged, streaming audio books provide s enrichment to children with a variety of high interest material. The language learning section includes a growing selection of books in Spanish and French. Tumble Books also feature puzzles, games, and Italian, Chinese, Russian languages. The TumbleBooks collection can be accessed online from any computer in the library, or from school and home computers with Internet connection, through a direct link on Montgomery CityCounty Public Libraryâ€™s website. www.mccpl.lib.al.us 3
Information Comes in Many Formats... In additional to books, media and other reference material, Montgomery City-County Public Library offers a number of other programs for the community. The library has a regular blog appearing on the Montgomery Advertiserâ€™s Web site as well as on the libraryâ€™s Website. Appearing in the Montgomery Advertiser each Sunday is a list of added titles to the collection during that week. A Newly Released Titles publication is printed each month and for further information on new releases there is Book Page, a selection guide for new books whose editors evaluate and select for review the best books published in a variety of categories. Only highly recommended books are featured. HomeworkAlabama is a service that offers free homework help from subject specialists and is available Sunday through Thursday, from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. It provides free tutoring in math, science, social studies and English for grades Kindergarten through 12th, college students and the adult learner. This statewide effort is made possible by Alabama Public Library Association (APLS), through local public libraries, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS), and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program as well as state funds requested by the Governor and appropriated by the Alabama Legislature specifically for this program. Genealogy Database... Ancestry.com Library Edition is a search engine that allows citizens to research for family members through several methods and modes. They can search by Census & Voter Lists, Birth, Marriage & Death, Military, Immigration & Travel, Newspapers & Periodicals, or Card Catalog. Citizens can build a family tree using search tips, interesting facts, and related information to connect the dots, charts and forms to help keep track of sites already visited. In 2010-2011, almost 10,000 searches were conducted.
Using the Library Starts at Home! The online catalog, iBistro, makes it possible for anyone to access the library catalog from home, the library or anywhere in the nation to see what materials are available, which library location has it, renew material or even place a hold on material. In 2010-2011, the libraryâ€™s website had over half a million visits. Twenty-four thousand two hundred sixty Alabama Virtual Library remote users accessed AVL 134,953 times. This database provides students, teachers, and citizens of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is a group of online databases that have magazine, journal and newspaper articles for research. 5
We Help You Find Your Resources... One of the benefits Montgomery City-County Public Library provides is that of trained specialists who are ready to assist the public with research projects. During 2010-2011 our librarians answered nearly 65,000 reference questions and provided assistance to patrons more than 108,000 times. The reference collection provides an opportunity for citizens to compare cost of products for purchase, research facts and data, evaluate stock market investments and assist patrons in formulating a research approach when using the Internet and printed sources. Reference Librarians can assist you with whatever the need might be!
In Numbers 154,676 residents have an MCCPL library card: 3,546 birth to 5 years of age 12,779 6 to 11 years of age 23,794 12 to 18 years of age 130,954 age 19 and up
637,607 items were borrowed: 226,991 42,065 184,235 135,452 23,434 25,430
books from the adult collection books from the young adult collection books from the juvenile collection adult media items young adult media items juvenile media items
1,235,150 library visits, reference questions, electronic usage, programs, etc.: 918,243 people visited the libraries of the MCCPLS 60,299 people attended 1,929 library-sponsored programs (including storytimes, Summer Library Program events, and informational adult programs) 64,706 reference questions were answered by a team of professional librarians 173,507 people used the electronic resources available at the library 7,341 children and adults attended 150 programs during the Summer Library Program 10,365 books were read by participants in the Summer Library Program 689 certificates were awarded to children who read at least fifteen books during the Summer Library Program
is the total number of hours all library locations were open to the public 7
Highlights of 2010-2011 ♦♦ The library’s new Strategic Plan unveiled in 2007 was updated and remains the focus of all activities of the public library. ♦♦ MCCPL added 21,936 new library items to its collection in FY 2010-2011, including best sellers, classic literature, books on tape, e-books, music and more. ♦♦ The Foundation Center was added to the library’s collection of databases to give non-profit grant seekers a way to connect to resources that can help them find & write grants that can benefit their organization. The collection is housed in the Morgan Library’s Reference Department where special trained staff can assist patrons in the use of the database. ♦♦ The Library unveiled a newly designed web site in 2011. The new website offers users many exciting ways to access information based on patron’s age group: from children to teens to adults; there is something exciting on the web site that offers patrons an opportunity to explore the world from a comfortable seat in their home, office or within the walls of the library. ♦♦ MCCPL entered into partnership with the Children’s Museum of Alabama in 2011 for the purpose of sharing resources and services through the planned Questplex @ One Dexter Plaza. ♦♦ The Back to School Boot Camp registered more than 300 school aged young people who were seeking to learn more on how to get the most out of the resources at the public library. Students were taught how to develop power point presentations, how to create a successful research approach to developing research papers and an easier way to take advantage of the many resources available to them in completing homework assignments. ♦♦ MCCPL’s float won first prize in the 2011 Capital City Christmas Parade for the 4th year.
♦♦ The Chapter-A-Day Book Club encourages those who think they don’t have time to read by e-mailing a daily 5-minute excerpt from a pre-selected book. Readers can sign up through the MCCPL web site. ♦♦ Over six hundred school-aged children took advantage of the homework assistance program offered in the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library each Tuesday of the week during the school year. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities provided tutors for the homework assistance program with additional assistance from city employees, and volunteers from Alabama State University. Tutored in all areas of math, English, science, social studies, and reading, students were able to seek additional assistance from experts in the above fields. Students came from as far away as Greenville, Alabama and represented grades 3 through 12. ♦♦ The Library unveiled its downloadable collection on the library’s webpage in 2011. The database provides fiction, and non-fiction books, music, videos, audio books and how to titles for downloading to iPads, Nooks, Nook Color, Kindle and many smart phones and Androids. ♦♦ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was introduced through the Juliette Morgan and EL Lowder Libraries in 2011. RFID enables patrons to avoid the lines at the circulation desk by checking material out through the self-check computers. RFID also enables the library to track the location of material within the walls of the library while assisting the staff in ensuring that material is shelved where it should be shelved, it also prevents the untimely removable of library material. This project was funded, in part, by a $50,000 donation from the Montgomery City-County Public Library Friends. ♦♦ Received $60,000 LSTA grant to install RFID at Coliseum and Governor’s Square Branches to be installed FY12. ♦♦ Friends of the Montgomery City-County Public Library donated $50,000 towards the funding of the RFID first phase installation.
2010-2011 Statement of Revenue & Expenditures Total Revenue City of Montgomery Montgomery County State Aid LSTA Grant Donations Other Program Services Interest Income Total Fund Balance
$5,397,053 3,249,012 1,149,972 197,974 20,000 149,489 85,309 110,707 4,087 430,503
Total Expenditures Cultural and Recreation
$5,226,776 5,042,925 183,851
Public Libraries Are a Cost-Saving For Every Patron… Access to information is a priority goal of service of your public library. That goal is achieved through the circulation of library material in varying formats and access to electronic information via the web site. In 2011, your public library’s major funding was provided by the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. Additional funding provided by the State of Alabama through the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) as state aid support. APLS also administers the Library Service & Technology Act (LSTA), a federally funded program of competitive grant awards made annually. Additional program support was provided by the Town of Pike Road for the Pike Road Library, Friends of the Montgomery Library, Pike Road Friends of the Library, Rosa Parks Avenue Friends of the Library, Ramer Friends of the Library, Pintlala Friends of the Library, Pine Level Friends of the Library, The Lowder Foundation in support of the Hampstead Branch Library, Beulah Baptist Church, Mt. Gillard Baptist Church, Friends of Dr. Eddie Johnson, Mrs. Mamie Motley Family, Councilman CC Calhoun, Commissioner Jiles Williams, Representative John Knight, Senator Quinton Ross, Mr. Thomas McPherson, Dr. Katie Bell, Mr. Chester Mallory, Alabama Power Company, Wal-mart, Dollar General, and citizens who truly believe in access to information for all people.
Books ~ MCCPL circulated 452,058 printed items at a value of $60 per item. That circulation of printed items is valued at $27,123,480 savings to the citizens of Montgomery County if you had to go out and purchase each of those items. Books on Tape ~ 8,385 books on tape were borrowed during this period. If you , our users, had to pay $5.00 per use, it would cost you $41,925. However, because you are a citizen in Montgomery County, you saved the same amount. CD/DVD/VIDEO/DVS/KITS~ 21,642 items were borrowed which fell into the listed categories at a value of $10.00 per use. Those loans equate to $216,420 savings to the citizens of Montgomery County.
Services include the following:
Computer use - The library’s computers were utilized by 186,675 citizens at a value of $12.00 per use. The savings to those citizens $2,240,100 Computer Lab Use - The computer lab provided 29,903 Montgomery citizens the opportunity to use a computer to access information at a value of $15.00 per use. The savings to those citizens $448,545.
Reference Questions ~ So many questions are asked by our citizens. Each time a question is asked, the Reference Librarian logs each new question answered. 64,975 questions were asked of your Librarians. If you had to pay for each question answered, we would value our answer at $10.00 per answer. The value of that service would be $649,750 savings to you, our patrons. Reference Assistance ~ How we assist our patrons in finding answers to their questions does not take as much time as finding the answers ourselves, thus 113,823 times that your Librarian assisted you in finding your own answers saved you $569,115 at a cost of $5.00 per assistance. Computer Classes ~ We value each time we are given to narrow the digital divide through teaching someone how to use the software provided by the public library. If you, the user, had to pay for the computer classes you would be charged on average $25.00 per class. Your public library presented 82 classes over the twelve months of this analysis. Your savings are valued at $2,050. Dial-a-Story ~ Reading, Listening and Hearing a story read or told to a child helps to develop the child’s cognitive skills. We encourage all of our young people to call our Dial-A-Story numbers 24-7 and hear a story. 1,894 young people dialed the number at a value of $5.00 per call; that’s a savings of $9,470. Telephone Renewal ~ In this time of high fuel costs, closed highways, etc. being able to call in and renew a book is essential to friendly library service. 50,813 library users called in to renew their books at a value of $2.00 per call yielding a savings of $101,626. However, if you had to drive down to the library to renew the item, the per gallon cost of gas was a savings of $177,846 at a cost of $3.50 per gallon of gasoline. Programs ~ 2,045 programs were presented during this period, a value of $50.00 per program. The programs saved you, our users, $102,250. Attendance ~ If you had to pay a fee to attend those 2,045 programs with an attendance of 56,851 at a value of $10.00 per person, we would have made $568,510. However, we saved , you, our users, money by offering free programs which help improve the quality of your life. Web Visits ~ The second most visible image of the Montgomery City-County Public Library is its web page and is seen and used by people all over the world. It provides a glimpse of the value of the public library to the Montgomery Community. 570,740 users visited the library’s web site. The value of those visits is $2.00 per visit. The savings to the citizens of Montgomery County $1,141,480. Patron Assistance ~ General help was provided to 217,917 users at a value of $2.00 per use. The value of the savings to our users is $435,942. Media Viewings ~ 32,391 viewed items from the Media Department at an average value of $8.00 per viewing. The savings to our viewers $259,128.
Interlibrary Loans ~ The Library borrowed 557 books through interlibrary loan for its users. The value of each individual loan is $30.00, which is a saving value of $16,710. The Library loaned to libraries outside of your library 593 books at a value of $30.00 per loan. The total value of loan was $17,790. The total value of sharing information with other libraries is $34,500. Wireless Services ~ The library listens to your expressed needs and you have indicated a desire to access the web resources from any place within the library, thus we initiated the installation of wireless services. 19,192 patrons utilized the service over the past year. If those patrons had to pay to use the service, we would value the service at $20.00 per use. However, our citizens saved $383,840 by providing this free service to our community. Overdrive Downloadables ~ 5,317 patrons downloaded items from OverDrive, our downloadable library collection at an average value of $15.00 per item, savings to you, our patrons is $79,755. The total Savings Value to our citizens is $34,585,732. Money not spent by our users because you have decided that a public library is the place to borrow material instead of buying it.
For every dollar we spent, we returned a value of $8.00. From the $4,398,984 budgeted, the library returned a value of $34,585,732. A savings to the citizens of the City of Montgomery and Montgomery County of $30,459,748 for the period of January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011. Worth Their Weight is a model utilized by public libraries in the United States to compare actual budget to services offered. It is a discipline which is still in development stages. The values of the services is pulled from documented sources, i.e. the actual average cost of a new book added to the library’s collection. Services, i.e. computer use, computer lab use, etc. is based on national figures provided by SW Ohio CBA in Worth Their Weight. The Americans for Libraries Council’s publication “Worth Their Weight” was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Montgomery City-County Public Library Balance Sheet Governmental Funds For the Year Ending September 30, 2011
Local Appropriations City-County Fund
State Aid Grant Fund
Cash & temporary Cash investments
Endowment Total Governmental Fund Funds
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LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCES
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Total Fund balance (deficit)
Total Liabilities and Fund Balances
Amounts reported for governmental activities in the statement of net assets are different because: Capital assets used in governmental activities are not financial resources and, therefore, are not reported in the funds
Net assets of governmental activities
Montgomery City-County Public Library Statement of Revenue, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balances Government Funds For the Year Ended September 30, 2011 Operating Funds
Local Appropriations City-County Fund
State Aid Endowment Grant Fund
Total Governmental Funds
Revenue: State Aid Grant LSTA Grant
Local Appropriations: City County
Miscellaneous Revenue: Interest Income
From Program Services
Cultural And Recreational
Other Financial Sources (Uses) Local Appropriations City Capital Projects Fund
Total Other Financing Sources And Uses
Net Change In Fund Balance
Fund Balances At Beginning Of Year
Fund Balances (Deficit) At End Of Year
Choose From Eleven Locations
1 Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library 245 High Street Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.—9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.—6 p.m.
2 Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library 3095 Mobile Highway Monday & Tuesday, 9 a.m.—9 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.— 6 p.m. Closed Sundays
E L Lowder Regional Library
Coliseum Branch Library
Governor’s Square Branch Library
2590 Bell Road
840 Coliseum Boulevard
2885-B East South Boulevard
Monday & Tuesday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday, 9 a.m.— 9 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.— 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.— 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.— 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Ramer Branch Library
Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library
544 State Highway 94
1276 Rosa Parks Avenue
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Pine Level Branch Library
Pintlala Branch Library
20 Kohn Drive
255 Federal Road
Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m.
9 a.m.—1 p.m.
Tuesday—Thursday, 10 a.m.— 7 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 2 p.m.—6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m.
6 Hampstead Branch Library 5251 Hampstead High Street, Suite 107 Monday & Friday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Tuesday—Thursday, 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Closed Sundays
9 Pike Road Branch Library 9585 Vaughn Road Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Closed Sundays
Mission and Vision The mission of the Montgomery City-County Public Library System is to make readily available to all residents of Montgomery County access to materials, information, and services to meet their personal, educational, cultural, technological, and occupational needs. The Montgomery City-County Public Library will enhance the quality of life for Montgomery county citizens by serving as central Alabamaâ€™s premier repository for a broad-based and comprehensive collection of books and data and its most accessible site for Internet and digital services. The library also aims to respond programmatically to the personal interests, educational imperatives, and research needs of Montgomery County citizens.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2011 Mr. Thomas McPherson, President Mr. Jim Earnhardt, Vice President Dr. Eddie R. Johnson, Treasurer Rev. Gary Burton, Secretary Dr. Katie Bell Ms. Lynda Borden Mr. William Fain Ms. Sylvia Harper Ms. Amy Knudsen Mr. Chester Mallory Ms. Mary McLemore Ms. Paulette Moncrief Ms. Leslie Sanders Ms. Janet Waller Mr. Courtney Williams Mr. Frank Wilson Ms. Catherine Wright
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Jaunita Owes, Library Director Vivian White, Assistant Library Director
Tommy Anderson, Collection Development Librarian Rebie Morris, Administrative Assistant
Administrative Office 334-240-4300 www.mccpl.lib.al.us 19
The Montgomery City-County Public Library 245 High Street Montgomery, AL 36104
Ramer Branch Library
Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library
Rufus A Lewis Regional Library
Pintala Branch Library Pine Level Branch Library
Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library E.L. Lowder Regional Branch Library
Pike Road Branch Library
Governor Square Branch Library
Hampstead Branch Library
Rosa Parks Avenue Library