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LIBR 204: SWOT Analysis part 1

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Facility: Relatively new building; Aquarium; Natural light; Downtown location; Adequate seating; Children’s area separate from adult area; Story Hour Room; Conference Room; Staff workroom with full kitchen adjacent; Friends Store; Plenty of parking; City Hall on second floor.

Staff: ALL staff work together to achieve goals; Strong vital volunteer program (unique in California, maybe U.S.); Excellent customer service; Good communication between staff at all levels; Willingness to seek new opportunities; Staff willing to work at the “upper edges” of their job descriptions to get the work done; Longevity — most staff have been working for us for ten years or more; Good pay and benefits even for part-time staff.

Budget: City budget is stable; Friends and Foundation are contributing more.

Programs: Children’s Librarian has started many new programs and enhanced others without much increase in spending, including new baby story time, Family programming such as Peeps Diorama Contest and film nights; Adult Book group now active for 17 years; Bringing in additional free adult programming by partnering with outside agencies; Three Summer Reading Program options (Children’s, Teen and Adult); More open hours than any other in County thanks to volunteer program; Inter-Library Loan services are offered for a reasonable price; Free Public Internet Access is available

Collections: Wide variety of materials types available; Shared downloadable collections for eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines, and eVideo access; Useful databases that can be accessed from home; Ongoing weeding program to free up shelf space for current materials; Displays integrated into collection space to promote various subjects

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