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JCPL's Future

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Pam

Are you frustrated by slow download speeds? Dead spots? The rising cost of Internet access? If so, come to the Library!

We're embarking on a major network upgrade to enhance the redundancy, security, speed and availability of online communications for our patrons.

Enhancements include:

  • increasing the bandwidth of JCPL’s primary connection to the Internet by a factor of five, from 200 megabits per second (Mbps) to a full gigabit per second (Gbps);
  • increasing the bandwidth of networks to its larger libraries from 30 to 100 Mbps and its smaller libraries from 10 to 50 Mbps; and
  • increasing wireless access points across the system so that patrons can get fast, reliable access to the Internet from any point in any library.

The network expansion to the Library’s primary Internet connection will be implemented on Sunday, August 14 after the Library closes. Patrons will not have access to their online accounts, the Library’s catalog, or online resources from 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 to 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.

We planned the implementation to minimize potential disruption to our systems, and hopefully, everything will be back up on Monday, August 15. If not, we'll post updates to our website.

In August and September, we'll install additional wireless access points and expand bandwidth to our Belmar, Evergreen, and Standley Lake libraries. Expansion to remaining libraries will be completed by mid-2017.

These enhancements were made possible by the 2015 voter-approved increase in the Library's mill levy. It's allowing us to provide better, faster service to our patrons and ensure that they have quick and efficient access to whatever information they need, whenever they need it.

 So, the next time you feel the need for speed, come to the Library!

by: 
Pam

Thanks to increased community support, JCPL is gearing up to replace the Lakewood Library parking lot. This project will protect taxpayer assets, improve access to the library and ensure safe and convenient parking for our patrons. It is part of our promise to the community to catch up on delayed capital projects, and it was made possible by the November, 2015 voter-approved increase in the Library's mill levy.  

Weather permitting, construction will occur sometime between August 22 and September 30 (final dates TBD), and it’s expected to take two weeks to complete. To minimize risk to patrons, the Library and book return will be closed for about a week during construction.

Final timing depends on our contractor’s schedule, the condition of soils under the parking lot, and the long-term weather forecast. We want to give our community and patrons plenty of notice that this is coming, and we’ll follow up with detailed information as soon as it’s available. You can watch for updates at jeffcolibrary.org/locations/lakewood-parking-lot.

 

by: 
Pam

This spring, more than 400 area residents offered input to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) on the Library services they’d like to see in South Jefferson County. And we listened.

Area residents weighed in on a number of topics, including:

  • what services would encourage them to visit a library;
  • what issues would prevent them from visiting a library;
  • what they like about current Library services;
  • what things could be improved;
  • what they’d like to see in the future;
  • what a Library should feel like; and
  • how far they’re willing to drive for Library services.

You can see a summary of their responses here.

We’re thrilled with the responses we received, and we’ll use them to inform our planning in South County. In the next few months, we’ll develop building and service plans for the Columbine Library remodel; hire an owner’s representative, architect and design firm; and come up with preliminary designs. A second set of community meetings will be held in the fall to solicit resident feedback on the design recommendations.
 
These are exciting times for South Jefferson County and JCPL, so stay tuned.

by: 
Pam

Thanks to area residents, our South County strategic initiatives are off to a good start.

In April, we held three community meetings to seek resident input on library services to Columbine and South County.   137 people attended the meetings and nearly 240 people completed surveys to give us insights into what is currently working, what could be improved, what they wish for and how far they want to travel for library services.
 
Some comments were not surprising: people love and hate the roundabout outside the Columbine Library; they want to see updated bathrooms, and they love the view.  The wish list included standard requests for more books, DVDs and outlets, while other comments ranged from being able to use space outside the library, to hosting artists, to even bringing Clive Cussler to talk. 

Next steps include:

  • May: Post Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Owner’s Representative
  • July: Post RFP for Design Team (general contractor & architect)
  • September: Begin designing

Stay tuned for dates and times for a second set of community meeting to be held in the fall; in the meantime, we invite you to follow our progress.

by: 
Pam

Ever wonder about the inner workings of the Library? Behind all the resources, programs and services is a $34 million business, dedicated to providing a responsible level of Library service to the residents of Jefferson County. 

You can learn more about the business of the Library in the following documents on our Planning & Budget page:

  • 2015 Annual Report
  • 2016 Budget Document
  • 2016 Strategic Priorities

You can also read the Library Board's 2016 Budget Request to the Board of County Commissioners. It outlines the Board's fiduciary responsibilities and its approach to developing an annual budget for the Library.

If that sparks your interest, you can sign up to receive regular business updates through our Director's Blog.

by: 
Pam

At Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL), we’ve known for some time that the residents of South Jefferson County are underserved. With the Nov. 2015 passing of a voter-approved mill levy increase, we can now begin to restore and enhance library services in South County; in fact, two of our 2016 strategic priorities are related to this. The first is to plan for the refurbishment of the Columbine Library; the second is to investigate the expansion of Library services in South County.

You're invited to help us plan for these initiatives at the following Community Input Meetings:

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Deer/Elk Meeting Room, The Ridge, Foothills Rec Center
6613 S Ward Street, Littleton

Thursday, April 28, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO

Saturday, April 30, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO

Come help us imagine a new level of library services, and please share this with others in your community who may be interested. Light refreshments will be served.

by: 
Pam

Monday, April 4, is a day worth celebrating!  It's the first day of JCPL's expanded schedule, which restores Library service hours to pre-recession levels.

Beginning Monday, JCPL’s larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake) will be open 65 hours a week (up from 51), and the smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) will be open from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.

In honor of this very special occasion, volunteers will be on hand to hand out cookies and balloons (compliments of the Library Foundation; while supplies last), and staff will be on hand to showcase other exciting enhancements, including more books and materials and updated technology. 

This is an important day for JCPL and Jefferson County, and we hope you'll stop by to celebrate with us! 

by: 
Pam

Beginning April 4, JCPL will expand service hours at all 10 libraries. JCPL’s larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake) will be open 65 hours a week (up from 51), and the smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) will be open from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.

Restoring hours is just the first of many service enhancements underway at JCPL. Here are some other things you can expect to see:

  • More books and materials. In 2016, we're nearly doubling our investment in books and materials. By April, you should begin to notice increases in the Lucky Day collection, best-selling books and DVDs, children’s print materials, audio books and e-books. We'll have better business resources, too! 
  • More Story Times. We're adding 30 early-literacy Story Times to our monthly program schedule. 
  • More bilingual staff. JCPL will now have at least one Spanish-speaking staff person available at the Library’s Call Center and the following libraries: Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. 
  • Free meeting rooms. Beginning April 4, library meeting rooms may be reserved at no charge. Since residents and businesses are already paying for Library services through property taxes, we felt it was unfair to charge them twice. 
  • Updated technology.  JCPL has installed 92 new patron computers throughout the Library system, replacing patron computers that were old and outdated. Every library now has a number of state-of-the-art HP EliteDesk Mini Personal Computers available for patron use. 

These enhancements are being made possible by a voter-approved increase in the Library’s mill levy, completed in November 2015. If you haven't been to the Library for awhile, we hope you'll visit us and check out all the new resources available to you!

by: 
Pam

Last November Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, we're working diligently to restore services, better meet residents’ needs and put JCPL back on a path to excellence.

We'd like to share our 2016 plans with you. Please join us at an upcoming community meeting to help celebrate our accomplishments, hear our plans, and offer feedback.

Meetings will be held:

Come find out what's in store for JCPL in 2016!

 

by: 
Pam

... it's off to work we go!

2016 has come roaring in, and we're in the thick of it, gearing up for expanded hours in April. You may remember, our first task is to recruit and hire 26 new full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Right out of the 2016 chute, we worked to advertise and post open positions. Our social media postings reached more than 6,500 people. People were "liking" and "sharing" the news all over the place. And the responses we received were encouraging:

  • “This is how you know the recession is finally ending.”
  • “I  would so LOVE to work at the Public Library!”
  • “It’s actually happening…I am in awe.”

On January 12, in partnership with the county's American Job Center, we held a recruitment fair to offer applicants the chance to learn about JCPL, meet with staff and get their questions answered -- and approximatey 150 people attended.

The job postings closed on January 18, and we were astounded at the results. More than 1,300 people applied, and when we screened for qualifications, more than 500 people met the criteria!

Needless to say, we are now busy interviewing, working to make sure we get the best possible people for the job. We hope to complete the hiring process in the next few weeks, with a target start date for new associates of March 7. That will give us time to provide training and coaching for the new folks so they're ready to serve patrons effectively when we expand open hours in April.

It's enormously gratifying to see so many people who want to work for the Library. I have to echo one of our applicant's comment: It's actually happening, and I am in awe!

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