What does your building say?

nighthawk309 —  October 29, 2013 — 1 Comment
photo credit: WA State Library via photopin cc

photo credit: WA State Library via photopin cc

Sears used to be a retail giant.  Now?  Not so much.  I was never a dedicated Sears shopper but the place has really gone down in the last several years.  Business Insider’s “18 Depressing Photos That Show Why Nobody Wants To Shop At Sears” is a worth a look.  Before you read on, take a few minutes to view the pictures and accompanying story at http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-that-show-why-sears-is-vanishing-2013-10.

Pretend you don’t spend five or six days a week in your library building.  Walk around your facility and see it through the eyes of your patrons.  Does it look inviting?  Does it reflect a thriving hub in the community?  Does it look like people still visit?  Is your building still meeting the needs of your patrons?  What story does your building tell?

If this quick assessment of your facility has you feeling a little down, make it a priority to turn things around.  Identify key building needs and get them worked into the budget.  Start making the case for building improvements and get stakeholders to see the need.  Determine what it’s going to cost to get various projects done and start saving toward their completion.

Our buildings tell a story to our patrons.  Let’s make sure it tells them we’re relevant and ready to serve.



Matt Church is the library director at the Berkley Public Library (Berkley, MI). He was previously associate director at the Baldwin Public Library (Birmingham, MI). He's all about libraries, Tom Waits, coffee, trekking and family adventures.

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