Library Values Statement
We at our library value:
- Excellent customer service
- Open and respectful access to all
- Diversity, intellectual freedom, and personal privacy
- Collaboration with local agencies and organizations
- Effective and efficient stewardship of library resources
- Staff for their initiative, flexibility, and teamwork
2013-2016 Strategic Plan
1. Mesa County Libraries provide safe and welcoming facilities.
a. Every branch location provides areas for meeting and interacting, as well as areas for quiet study.
b. Library security and safety concerns are managed across the organization.
c. Library patronage will grow, increasing the share of the population with active library
cards to 60 percent.
d. Library staff members greet 90% of visitors, and the Library cultivates bilingual employees and requires ongoing customer service training for all staff; visits to the Central Library will increase by 10% and visits to branch locations will increase 5% annually starting mid-year 2013.
e. Expansion opportunities will be explored to better serve residents in the Clifton and Northwest Grand Junction areas.
2. Patrons of Mesa County Libraries find, evaluate, use, and create information effectively.
a. Patron awareness of the Library’s services and website will increase due to staff referrals to suitable resources and databases when offering individual assistance. The number of visits to our website will increase by 10% annually starting in 2014. Patron feedback will inform improvements to our website on a regular basis.
b. The number of library users who seek assistance with technology questions and who attend computer classes and other technology trainings will increase district-wide, including those with limited English skills or disabilities.
c. Library staff members demonstrate a high level of technical expertise. New employees achieve basic technology competencies within their first six months of being hired, and all staff members are assessed annually to ensure technology competencies and training needs. Staff members who teach computer classes are trained in instructional methods.
d. Patrons produce digital content in the Library’s Creation Studio with staff instruction and support.
3. Mesa County Libraries support school readiness and continued educational success for youth.
a. Parent and teacher training is provided to engage caregivers in the educational initiatives of the Library, such as Every Child Ready to Read, Mother Read/Father Read, 21 st Century Skills, homework help, and college readiness. Attendance at events aimed at increasing student success will increase by 10% starting in 2014.
b. Reading campaigns for all ages, such as Summer Reading Program and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, are offered district-wide.
c. Youth programs in English and Spanish cultivate early reading and math literacy, 21 st Century Skills, and college readiness district-wide.
d. The Library fosters collaborations to unite local professionals serving youth.
4. Mesa County Libraries support basic adult literacy, English language instruction, and preparation for U.S. Citizenship to ensure that Mesa County residents may fully participate in American life.
a. At least 350 adults receive instruction to acquire English language skills, improve basic literacy, or prepare for U.S. Citizenship in 2013 with increases of 10% annually. Teachers and tutors are recruited, trained, and reviewed on an on-going basis.
b. Literacy Center staff members collaborate with local and regional organizations serving immigrants and foreign-language speakers.
c. The Library provides world-class language learning resources.
5. Mesa County Libraries provide a generous variety of materials in physical and electronic formats for reading, viewing, and listening, and staff members assist with patron selections.
a. Staff members employ selection tools to ensure collections are strategic and germane to user interests, and popular items are readily available. Checkouts will increase 10% in 2014 and 5% annually in 2015 & 2016.
b. New items are available on publisher “street dates.”
c. 90% of returned items are available for checkout within 24 hours.
d. An inventory of physical media collections is conducted twice per year district-wide to ensure the integrity of our collections and to mitigate losses.
e. Promoting library services to homebound Mesa County residents increases Words on Wheels patronage by 5% per year.
f. Library staff members introduce services and items from the Library’s collections to audiences at programs and events, and offer expert assistance to in-person and online users.
6. Mesa County Libraries foster civic engagement, cultural awareness, strong enterprises, and community partnerships.
a. Library staff members collaborate with community agencies to promote civic engagement (for example, host candidate forums, lectures, and discussion series). Attendance at library programs increases by 10% annually.
b. Local art and culture is showcased at multiple events each year.
c. Library staff members collaborate with local businesses and community agencies to foster the production of digital content generated in the Creation Studio.
How is the Mesa County Public Library District funded?
The Library District relies heavily on property taxes to support operations. As a result, the general economy and the changes in property values have a major impact on the District’s revenue streams.
The Library District receives most of its funding through a 3.00 mill levy that appears on individual property owner’s tax bills. This was approved by Mesa County voters in 1990. Additional revenue sources include Specific Ownership Taxes, fines on overdue materials, charges for services, interest income, reimbursement for lost library materials, and other miscellaneous items. The Mesa County Public Library Foundation contributes additional support through fundraising projects.
In 1997 the voters approved the Library District’s to be exempted from certain TABOR limitations.
Specific financial information is detailed in annual financial updates including the annual audits and annual reports found on our Board of Trustees/Reports page.
Who governs Mesa County Public Library District and how is it run?
A seven-member volunteer Board of Trustees is appointed by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners to establish library policy, including issues related to expansion.