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We act with…
- Kindness: We are friendly, considerate, and welcoming.
- Passion: We bring energy and commitment to our work.
- Respect: We value individuals’ feelings, rights, and traditions.
- Integrity: We are open, honest, and reliable.
Mesa County Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Anti-Racism
June 25, 2020
As an advocate of freedom and equality in all their many forms, Mesa County Libraries support diversity in our community, our libraries, and in the collections, resources, and activities that we offer. We believe diverse voices must be heard, and we commit to supporting that belief by ensuring diversity in authors and topics in our books and other resources. Further, we condemn racism and urge greater understanding and empathy among the many races, cultures, and religions that make up our community.
Mesa County Libraries are early in the process of planning a Year of Focus centered on the topic of racism. Similar to the One Book, One Mesa County events that our library hosted several years ago, the Year of Focus will include reading materials, activities, and events designed to thoroughly explore racism. The end result for the community, we hope, will be greater understanding and appreciation among Mesa County residents for our differences, our histories, and our cultures. We want to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about these issues in our community.
We anticipate starting this Year of Focus in late 2020. As planning begins, we will be inviting the community’s participation in the effort. In addition, Mesa County Libraries invite feedback from the community about how we’re doing in our quest to offer diversity in our collections. You can reach us by emailing email@example.com or by calling 970-243-4442.
Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, director, Mesa County Libraries
Barry Blanchard, president, Mesa County Public Library District Board of Trustees
Mesa County Libraries Promises…
- To build community through partnerships. We will connect with community partners to assist under-served populations, to participate in the community’s growth, and to unite people through shared interests.
- To connect people with life-changing stories. We will share beloved stories, ignite love for reading, impart new perspectives, and help people tell and share their stories.
- To provide library services equitably. We will respect diversity, accommodate individuals requiring alternative access, expand access to educational resources, provide free library services whenever possible, and eliminate other barriers to use.
- To encourage curiosity and support learning. We will support people’s educational goals and offer a variety of resources for all learning preferences.
- To support civic engagement with diverse viewpoints. We will facilitate learning; conversations; and the exchange of multiple viewpoints, ideas, and experiences within the community.
Areas of Focus
Access to Services:
Our library is dedicated to reach new audiences by leaving library walls and entering the community.
GOAL 1: Service Delivery Innovation
Explore new options for service delivery benefitting library patrons.
Output: Staff will complete an environmental scan to research approaches and make recommendations for service delivery.
GOAL 2: Outside the Walls
Find new ways to offer services outside the library walls.
Output: After researching library pop-up service options, staff will find possible places/events to test new service concepts.
- Remote library use will increase by 25% based on new services that increase access.
- 10% of this increased use will be by new patrons.
Space and Place:
Our library brings people together in a welcoming and respectful environment.
GOAL 3: Expand Services in the Community
Work with community partners to expand service options at library locations and reach new audiences.
Output: Staff will make recommendations to expand services after conducting research.
GOAL 4: Build Community
Offer programs to people with similar interests that bring them together to socialize and learn.
Output: Staff will find new strategies to offer serial programming and social opportunities for people with similar interests.
GOAL 5: Remove Barriers
Focus on library use challenges including the causes of patrons’ unmet needs and discontinued use of the library.
Output: Staff will focus on barriers to use and come up with plans to address challenges using innovation and creativity.
GOAL 6: Focus on User Experience
Improve library experiences by employing user experience tools.
Output: Staff will apply Design Thinking in order to develop new approaches that improve the library’s user experience.
- 50% of patrons attending library programs will feel more connected to the community.
- 50% of program attendees will recommend library programs through social media or within friends and family circles.
Our library provides opportunities for lifelong learning, including early literacy, continuing literacy, digital literacy, financial literacy, civic literacy, art literacy, and food literacy.
GOAL 7: Improve Access
Identify challenges in accessing the library’s educational opportunities in order to find innovative solutions or offer learning accommodations.
Output: Staff will research and make recommendations for improving service access to educational opportunities.
GOAL 8: Develop Curriculum and Programming
Determine the community’s knowledge gaps and find ways to fill those needs through partnerships and programming.
Outputs: Staff will recommend strategies to identify and develop programming that addresses people’s educational needs.
GOAL 9: Focus on Community Needs
Find new opportunities to fill educational and literacy needs using staff and community experts.
Output: Staff will explore and make recommendations to transform the former One Book One County program into a Year of Focus centered on community needs.
- 25% of students and patrons that use library services will say they engaged for the first time based on access improvements.
- 50% of the people attending new programming that focuses on various literacies will be people who have not previously attended library programming.
- Collections: The accumulation of books, digital items, and other materials that a library owns, purchases, or creates to meet the community’s needs and interests.
- Curriculum: Focusing on student experiences, this refers to the developed “roadmap” of any chosen literacies.
- Design Thinking: Design Thinking is a process used for practical, creative problem-solving that results in solutions to meet people’s needs.
- Environmental Scan: Observing the library industry and other industries in order to make connections and find ideas, solutions, and new trends.
- Literacies: Competencies or knowledge in specified areas, subjects, or fields.
- Pop-Up Services: A temporary library space for promotion, trials, or library resource sharing meant to help residents discover new ways to interact with one another, creating a memorable experience.
- Programs: A planned library event in a social setting provided to the public in order to inform, educate, entertain, or promote further library use.
- Remote Library Use: Library use outside of library buildings’ walls such as checking out physical items, getting help with technology, or program attendance offsite. (Does not include use of eResources, the digital collection, and the library website.)
- User Experience: The overall experience of a person using a library product or service such as a website or computer application, especially in terms of how easy or pleasing it is to use.
- Year of Focus: The library purposefully directs programming around an annual theme that focuses on an identified community need in order to encourage action and conversation toward solving the need.
How is the Mesa County Public Library District funded?
The Mesa County Public Library District relies heavily on property taxes to support operations. As a result, the general economy and changes in property values have major impacts 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 owners’ tax bills. This was approved by Mesa County voters in 1990. Additional revenue sources include Specific Ownership Taxes, charges for services, interest income, reimbursement for lost library materials, and other miscellaneous items. The Mesa County Libraries Foundation contributes additional support through fundraising projects.
In 1997, the voters approved the Mesa County Public Library District’s exemption 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.