How the library is planning for its long-term future

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Darrel Williams, chair of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Board of Trustees, talks with the Charlotte Observer about how the current economic crisis is affecting library planning.

“During this challenging time the library must plan for how to best provide for the needs of a rapidly growing community five, 10 and 25 years into the future, while also being conscious of our current recession. The due diligence we are putting into our Facilities Master Plan now will allow us to move forward with the confidence that the decisions we make will best serve our community today and well into the future.” ~ Darrel Williams (excerpt from article)

Read a pdf of the article, then share your thoughts on the challenges of planning during economic downturns.

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3 Responses to “How the library is planning for its long-term future”

  1. Matthew Says:

    It looks like they took down the full article from their website for some reason. It is a shame that the last post was about the library booming, and this one is about the downturn? Things have changed so quickly? I guess I’ll need to read the full article to understand the situation better.

    I just go by what I see… I visit North County or Cornelius, and there are very few parking spaces. With the libraries packed, I can’t see the economy having a huge effect on them… maybe I’m missing something.

    • Sarah Poole Says:

      Matthew, thanks for your comments.

      You’re right — library use IS booming. With the current economic situation we’re facing, members of our community are turning to libraries more and more, for everything from free computer access, job searching, technology classes. We’re also experiencing a huge increase in the circulation of reading material.

      The flip side of this is that we too are affected by the economy. Most of our funding comes from Mecklenburg County government, in the form of property taxes and sales tax. With real estate and retail sales in such a sluggish state, the amount of tax revenue available has diminished substantially. We face challenging roads ahead.

  2. Angela Haigler Says:

    We have located a pdf of the Charlotte Observer editorial by Board of Trustees Chair Darrell Williams and have uploaded it to the blog. Please let us know if you have any problems viewing it.

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