Thanks to the support of Measure A, the Marin County Free Library has developed preferred concepts for remodeling the front portion of the Civic Center, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Marin City and Novato Libraries. The Inverness Library renovation was completed to maximize accessibility. The Point Reyes Library renovation was completed to provide a more effective use of space.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the library remodeling?
- Make high demand materials easier to access
- Provide a single help desk
- Allow more convenient, efficient returns and efficient check-out
- Get materials on the shelf more quickly
- Ensure accessible facilities
- Plan for the future to meet flexible needs
What won’t change as part of the remodel?
The excellent staff – no one will be losing their job and in fact they’ll be more available to help you and the library is actively recruiting vacant positions.
When are these changes happening?
The Novato library was remodeled March 7th - 31 and reopened on April 1 2013. The circulation – items checked out of the library – has risen by 20% in comparison to the former year before the remodel and service changes. Marin City closed from August 19 to august 28 for upgrades. Civic Center and Fairfax are next and their schedule is early 2014. Corte Madera will be later 2014 By spring of 2014 all the Measure A investment in bringing libraries up to date will be complete.
How do changes affect staff?
Staff will be doing the same work they have before, although they will be sharing more duties than they have previously. For example a Reference Librarian might issue a library card and a circulation library worker might help with a patron choosing a research item or a type of book they like to read. We are asking staff to work closely together to learn more about where roles intersect and where they are different. It is a change in patterns, process and expectations and we are working closely with staff to make it work well for them, for the library and for the community they serve.
Will any staff be laid off as a result of these changes?
No staff will be laid off as a result of these changes. In fact the Library is often recruiting for librarians, library assistants and library branch aides. Please refer to the County of Marin website (www.marincounty.org) and search under Apply For and then click Jobs to get information about library jobs for which we are currently recruiting.
Why are changes happening at Marin County Free Library?
The community passed “Measure A” in 2010 with a 74% of voters saying “yes” to support operations at the Marin County Free Library. Specifically the measure tasked the library with bringing local libraries up to date, improving materials and services especially to children, teens and seniors, preserving educational and job seeking skills, maintaining library hours and providing ADA accessibility. Starting in November 2011 we started RFP for remodel all libraries began planning to accomplish the activities promised in Measure A. The physical changes were focused on bringing libraries up to date which included self service technology and creating a streamlined approach to patron services by putting library employees at one desk as the primary point of contact for users needing assistance. The smaller West Marin libraries have always operated in this method.
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