Library Outreach on a Shoestring: Advice from the Christian County Library

The Christian County Library in Missouri couldn't fix their underfunding, but could get free publicity.
Ozark, Missouri
Katy Pattinson

Katy Pattison is used to making do. Christian County Library, in the heart of Missouri's Ozark Mountains, gets about two-thirds less funding than an average Missouri library. That's why Katy had to find innovative (and inexpensive) ways to keep her library relevant and in high demand.


Two-way Communication

How a librarian created a user-centered, social library
Jefferson City, MO
Robin Hastings

As Information Technology Manager of the Missouri River Regional Library in Jefferson City, Missouri, Robin Hastings relies on the human factor and various forms of communication to connect with patrons and colleagues alike.

Overhauling the System from the Bottom Up

How one librarian is reinforcing the foundation of a "Leaning Tower of Pisa" network
Bossier City, LA
Jaketha Farmer

Located in the heart of the Deep South, Bossier Parish, Louisiana is home to nearly 100,000 people. Within the 935-square-mile county are the seven branches of the Bossier Parish Libraries, with the Bossier Central Library near Shreveport at the system's center. New to the library, in both role and person, is Jaketha Farmer.

An IT Person in the House

How one library system turned accidental techies into in-house experts
Bemidji, MN
Paul Ericcson

The Bemidji Public Library, located only a few blocks away from scenic Lake Bemidji in Northern Minnesota (and near the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox), is the kind of library that checks out puzzles, fishing rods, and life jackets in addition to lending books and hosting lectures.

Libraries and IT: A Win-Win Situation

How one librarian turned a county IT department into a shared asset
Marysville, CA
Loren MccRory

The Yuba County Library, located on the banks where the Feather River forks, is the county’s sole branch, serving a population of 70,000 people spread over 600 square miles. Over the past few years, Yuba County has been among the fastest-growing counties in California, making the need for modern library services even more urgent.

Working Together: Thriving With Minimal Outside Help

How confidence, communication, and community can result in a happier staff and public computers that hum
Ruidoso, NM
Phyllis Reed

In a small mountain town in southeastern New Mexico, Phyllis Reed directs Ruidoso Public Library with little outside technical help. Despite its somewhat oxymoronic name (Ruidoso means “noisy” in Spanish), and the fact that the clientele population snowballs during the winter, the library runs smoothly and efficiently.