By Joe McKenzie
Editors Note: Originally published in the October 2016 edition of Cover to Cover.
Beginning Jan. 3, 2017, Salina Public Library will be transitioning to one circulation desk on the main floor.
The effect of this change in Youth Services will be time and space to devote staff expertise toward services to children and families, children’s book and media collections, and expanded programming for children and families, including more outreach and community engagement work. Their mission is to get more books into the hands of children and parents.
Our extensive work at the library with children and families is as important as anything we do. We have a tremendous facility and collection of materials in our Youth Services Library. Now, we’ll have more time to maximize our efforts towards connecting families to reading and learning.
Currently, materials are checked out and returned on both floors of the library. After the transition, all materials should be returned for check-in to the main circulation desk, just inside the doors of the library. All new and renewing library cards, fines paid, account inquiries and materials-on-hold functions will be focused in the same department. This will provide for more consistency of policy and service. The library checks out about 540,000 items annually. To help in the transition of volume, the library will transfer a couple of employees from Youth Services to Circulation.
For the convenience of patrons, the library will add a fourth self-check-out unit in the Youth Services Library. The speed of these machines has made them very popular with all ages.
We look forward to the opportunities these changes will create for patron service.