Friday, December 11, 2009

Plans move forward for new library

Last night the Carson City Supervisors voted 4-1 to move forward on the plans for the Nugget Economic Development Project which includes a new state-of-the-art library located downtown in the 8 acre area surrounding the Nugget. The library is planned to be built with a business and technology incubator and next to a "digital" lab all designed to support business and get Carson City back to work.

Local media covered last night's meeting in detail and their articles can be found here:

Nevada Appeal

Reno Gazette Journal

NewsCarson City

Please post any comments or questions about the project.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Next steps in the Nugget Economic Development Project

The next meeting that will determine the future for this project is Thursday, December 10, @ 6:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room of the Community Center. People are excited- the story has been in newspapers as far away as Charleston, West Virgina. Come show suppport, ask questions, and learn how the "public" side of the project could be funded.

This is not a dream but a very real path to not only a new library- aka- "Knowledge Center" but to the revitalization and the future of Carson City.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Exciting News about Library plans!

Carson City officials gave the Office of Business Development the nod Thursday to participate with the Carson Nugget in developing a detailed plan for nearly nine acres of downtown property as a civic and business city center.

The public-private partnership would feature a new central library in the downtown center and a business and technology center. The project could create a central heart in downtown Carson City. The centerpiece could be a knowledge and discovery library, the other buildings could:
  • House new non-gaming, non-service based industries
  • Serve workers in high-paying jobs
  • Provide in-town loft and townhouse residences
  • Offer a large plaza with recreational, cultural and arts programs

From November 6, 2009 Nevada Appeal


The Knowledge and Discovery Library (aka the Carson City Library!)

The Knowledge and Discovery Library (KDL) will serve as the central community gathering place offering a gateway to knowledge and avenues of discovery including information, research, technology, learning, entertainment and civic engagement. A central mission of the KDL will be to reinvigorate a commitment to the future of Carson City by investing in resources that support and grow business in the region.

The Transformative Power of a Library to Redefine Learning, Community,
and Economic Development
Evidence comes from projects all over the country… Seattle; Denver; Salt Lake; Moab, Utah; Cheyenne, Wyoming and Rockville, Maryland. Communities with new downtown libraries experience:

Economic Vitality

Nearby businesses report increases in spending associated with visitors to the Library. Increases in the use of Library resources contributes to learning, literacy, business productivity, personal
and professional development, and individual livelihood.

Image and Identity

The Library attracts knowledge workers and the business sectors which desire ready access to this workforce. The Library contributes to a sense of pride and community.

Community Character and Livability

The Library functions as a public space, increasing the livability of Downtown. The increased number of Library visitors contributes to Downtown vitality and vibrancy, making it a more attractive residential and commercial market.

Why is an anchor institution important to the project?
Connected Nation conducted surveys to better understand the role of libraries as a community technology hub. In brief, the findings indicate that libraries are vital in filling an access void in local communities where the library is most often the only source of free Internet availability.
As part of the strategy for broadband adoption, anchor institutions hold the key…. Libraries especially hold promise in this area because they already are a central point within communities for people who want to use the Net to do research or hunt for jobs.

For more details about the project:
Keep posted to this blog or website above for news at it develops and please make comments about the project!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Don't miss upcoming Library baord Meeting!

Don’t miss October’s Advisory committee meeting- held this month- October 22nd at 6:00 pm rather than 5:00 pm!

The topic of October’s advisory committee is:

Millions of dollars may be available that could help support the local public investment in a new library.

Two speakers will give information on these opportunities:
  • ARRA Broadband Opportunities for Nevada Libraries, Daphne Deleon, Administrator Nevada State Library and Archives
  • Other Stimulus Opportunities - Heidi Eskew-Herrmann, AICP Associate Planner/Grants Coordinator Carson City Executive Offices

Friday, September 25, 2009

Building green? What are the benefits?

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN -Is it what you think it is?

With the adjective “green” now used to market anything environmentally friendly from packaging to plumbing, its easy to dismiss it as just the latest trend. However, when you look at the impact buildings have on people who live, learn and work in them, it becomes clear that rather than just being another architectural style, green design is simply good design

It is the best choice not just for the environment but for the community- and contrary to popular perception even for the pocketbook

What is sustainability anyway?

Sustainability makes the connection between a designed environment and the life lived in it. Structures built with wrong kinds of construction materials can result in decreased productivity and health- greening can save a community a considerable amount of money in future health costs, especially those incurred by sick building syndrome- where conventionally constructed building occupants experience negative health and comfort effects as a result of time spent in the building.

Do you think of “green” as “brown” -functional but primitive?
Or, do you see it as extremely modern?
Green building are as different as the communities where they are built. If you want modern or classical, you can have it.

To illustrate the point look at these recently completed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Public Libraries

Classical designs:

Darien, CT

Bozeman, MT

More modern designs:

Cheyenne, WY

Centennial Hills, Las Vegas, Nevada

The benefits
Even if you’re convinced that green buildings are the way to go from the standpoint of human needs, you may be skeptical about the environmental impact a building has in the first place, shouldn’t we be more concerned about gas-guzzling cars and overloaded landfills?

Buildings currently rack up 40% of total global energy use:
65% electricity consumption
30% greenhouse gas emissions
30% raw materials use
30% waste output
12% of potable (drinkable water)

Green design addresses this through wise management, not by skimping on necessities. Careful designers look to alternative energy resources and ways of reducing the quantity of water needed.

Green design provides a long term financial benefit.

They use:

  • 30% less energy
  • 35% less carbon
  • 30-50% less water use
  • 50-90 % less waste cost

How green should the new library be?

The LEED system-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- is part of the Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s a way to ensure you get the green building you pay for. Because buildings rated by the LEED system can fall into one of four levels of acceptable achievement in green building performance-certified, silver, gold or platinum-flexibility exists in planning how a community's needs mesh with its desire for environmentally sound structure.

Certified 40-49 points
Silver 50-59 points
Gold 60-69 points
Platinum 80 + points


US Green Building Council

Green building Costs and Financial Benefits

Building Green Won't Break the Bank

The True Costs of Building Green

Monday, August 31, 2009

Size of the New Library

On August 27, the Library Board received the report from Kathy Page from Page + Moris with the recommendations for the size of the new library. A formal report should be available next month.

The consultant gave detailed information on the community and what is needed in a new library. In a nutshell the new library is planned to be at least 60,000 square feet. It will provide more than three times the amount of seating currently available, computers will more than triple- there are 31 available now and the plan calls for 105. There will be small and large meeting space- including a large meeting room with capacity of 175-200 people and six to eight smaller rooms for groups of 6-12. The new library will include ample space for children, youths and teens, including programming space for different ages. The area for books will increase to 183,000 volumes- an increase of 60,000 books, magazines or other media.

In the community survey and interviews people said loud and clear...more technology and more books!

Below are more details of the presentation whose purpose was to:
  • Identify Carson City residents’ library space needs
  • Assess current library facility’s ability to meet needs
  • Recommend service levels through 2030
  • Recommend square footage needed to accommodate the needs

The methodology for the study included:

  • Stakeholder and community interviews
  • Library staff interviews
  • Analyze demographic trends
  • Identify projected population
  • Study library usage + collection patterns
  • Observe + assess current facility
  • Compare to current industry trends
  • Develop recommendations

Ms. Page told the Board and audeince that Carson City is growing, will reach 70,000 by 2030. The current Library was built when the population was 15,500, and the addiiton for a population of 32,000. The size of the library has been inadequate for at least 20 years.

Demographic trends suggest children + youth make up 25% population and will continue to grow as the City grows. Seniors are 15% and also expected to increase. Hispanic residents more than doubled since 1990, they now represent 19% of population. Non-native English speakers also increasing - 15% speak another language at home. The Carson City median income level is less than state average - $50,000- compared to the state average of $53,750. However the educational attainment reflects state average – 80% high school graduates; 20% college graduates.

To people that use the Library her findings about the facilities limitations are no surprise:

  • 21,532 sq. feet- too small
  • Lack of space + seating
  • Noise + congestion are disruptive, create conflict
  • Shelving at capacity – collections cannot grow, still-useful materials withdrawn
  • Lack of browsability + access
  • Too few computers - more needed for every age level
  • Lack of flexibility in electrical distribution
  • Few outlets for laptop plug-in
  • Lack of computer training space
  • Conflicts with other users
  • Meeting room too small
  • Friends’ book store further erodes space, ambiance
  • Meeting room lacks appropriate storage, kitchen, AV Noise spills into other areas
  • Storytelling space blocks access to collection
  • Awkward layout adds to noise + discomfort
  • Access to children’s + teen spaces through adult area
  • Service desks have large footprint, noise spills into public space
  • Children’s + teen spaces need separation
  • Staff work spaces congested, erode productivity, prevent concentration at tasks
  • Main workroom remote from public service point
  • Inadequate space for deliveries, receiving, shipping
  • Inadequate storage space

To deal with the limitations the library has these needs for space:

  • Space for people
  • Space for resources
  • Space to incorporate current + emerging service trends
  • Space to support an efficient, productive staff
  • Space for complementary services + amenities

The specific recommendations are for seating, shelving, technology/computers, and better ways to serve the public, and also to provide some ways for the library to generate more of its own funding. Specifically the plan calls for:

Increased seating:

  • Distributed by activity + noise level
  • Quiet reading areas
  • Parent/child seats
  • Teen area
  • Table seats / laptop perches
  • Areas for both individual + collaboration/group study
  • “Commons” space

Increased shelving capacity:

  • Browsable display shelving for books and media
  • Stack-end display
  • Factor in growth of electronic collections
  • Now = shelving for 120,000 items (2.1 volumes/capita)
  • Recommended = shelving for 183,000 items (2.6 volumes/capita)

More computers:

  • Distributed for access by all age levels
  • Online catalog stations located at key book stack areas
  • Enclosed computer training space
  • Plentiful laptop plug-in access
  • Now = 31 workstations (0.53 computers/1,000 people)
  • Recommended = 105 workstations (1.5 workstations/1,000 people)

Increased meeting space:

  • Larger major meeting room
  • Dividable space
  • Appropriate storage, kitchen, AV system
  • Separate, dedicated retail space for Friends’-operated book store
  • Dedicated children’s programming space adjacent to Youth Services area
  • Secondary meeting room
  • Now = meeting room seats 50 to 60
  • Recommended = 175 seats

Customer Service Points:

  • Self checkout for most circulation transactions
  • Self service holds
  • Self-service returns that empty into sorting room
  • Automated materials handling equipment
  • Compact, efficient service desks
  • Staff equipped with mobile telecommunications devices

More efficient staff work space:

  • Efficient sorting + returns operation
  • Work rooms located close to staff work assignments
  • Delivery + shipping located adjacent to delivery entrance
  • Ergonomic desks and work counters
  • Sufficient storage for supplies, equipment

Friends Book Store:

  • Larger, well-designed retail space for books + other sale items
  • High visibility location at entrance
  • Appropriately sized work space for sorting donations

Cafe/Other Amenities:

  • Space to eat, drink + socialize
  • Gallery space for art exhibits
  • Outdoor reading courtyard
  • Business Resource Center
  • Connections to other institutions – museums, retail shops, etc.

And all of that equates to:

60,000 square feet of space

Two floors

0.85 SF per capita for 2030 population

The Board accepted Ms. Page's report noting that they wanted to insure this was an adequate sized building and when built would last Carson City through whatever the final population is in the next 30-50 years. The Library Director indicated she believed it was, it would be large enough for now and the future yet a size that would not be a huge burden to operate both from energy use, but more importantly from a human resource perspective since additional full time library employees are unlikely to be possible for many years to come.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bookmobile and Outreach Services

The July 23rd Advisory meeting to the Carson City Library Board of Trustees featured Library Trustee Maxine Nietz discussing a Bookmobile for the Carson City Library and library employee Sandy De Vaney discussing library services to the homebound

Trustee Nietz covered all aspects of a Bookmobile including:

  • What is a Bookmobile?
  • Outreach
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Constituencies
  • Other Counties
  • Varieties
  • Marketing
  • Comments
  • Resources
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Fleet Services

Library Wagon: Washington County,
Maryland in 1905
“No better method has ever been devised for reaching
the dweller in the country. The book goes to the man,
not waiting for the man to come to the book.”

1918 the Hibbing (MN) Public Library initiated the first walk-in type bookmobile service in the nation, with its own wood and coal stove for warmth on cold winter

What is a Bookmobile?

  • Created for those patrons who could not get to the library
  • A bus or truck that houses books from a library for patrons to check out
  • Coordinates with your in-library system so that the patron has access to the entire collection
  • The bookmobile schedules “stops” in neighborhoods or institutions where all neighbors, students or teachers can enjoy the bookmobile
  • Open to everyone in the library system


  • To reach patrons who do not normally get exposed to the library
  • Primary place to get information in rural areas where getting to a library is difficult
  • Good for low-income areas where computers are not in every home
  • Can have a substantial impact on illiteracy, education and poverty and to help span the Digital Divide

    Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship
Why do you come to the bookmobile? 90% Convenience
  • Why do you borrow books & materials? Customer Satisfaction 90% Pleasure/Relaxation
  • How often do your use the bookmobile? 57% Every time it stops here
  • How far do you live from the town library? 56% within 10 miles

  • Customer Satisfaction

    • How does access to the bookmobile affect your life? 67% Has made my life better
    • If the bookmobile services were converted to $$, how much did you receive today? 65% $20 or more
    • What would be the consequence to you if this bookmobile were not available? 62% Bad or Desperate
    • 1997 survey avg responder: female and 50 yrs old


    • HeadStart, Pre-Ks, Kindergartens and Daycares
    • Institutions for the elderly and people with special needs
    • Boys & Girls Club for homework help
    • Native American populations
    • Teens and Tweens after school and weekends

    From our Neighbor, Utah
    Did you know:

    • Utah Bookmobiles travel 150,000 miles each year
    • Serve 303 bookmobile stops in 15 Utah Counties
    • Serve 89 schools (public, charter and Head Start)
    • Serve over 200,000 Utah readers
    • Many Bookmobiles in the State Bookmobile fleet offer Internet service

    Other Counties

    Lyon County – Moundhouse
  • Douglas County – Indian Hills
    Inter-local agreements can be made with these jurisdictions to serve their populations with our bookmobile
  • Varieties

    • Family Bookmobile: Appropriate materials and places for parent/child interaction
    • Explorer Bookmobile: brings the total "library experience" to kids with space for browsing, computers, story-time, etc.
    • Internet Bookmobile: books in the public domain available via the Internet. Equipped with a laser printer, a desktop binding machine to turn files into books that do not have to be returned
    • Digital Bookmobile: equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, these interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audio books, music, and video
    • “Green” Bookmobile: runs on biodiesel with solar power for the interior


    • Local banks and/or utility companies can include the bookmobile schedule in every statement
    • Piggyback homebound delivery service with Meals-on-Wheels
    • Include info on the library website and in all brochures and publications
    • Use public TV, radio, and other media to keep the schedule in the public eye

    “Make them into mobile computer labs, or rolling teen clubs or whatever.”
    “It’s nice to see kids come and hang out. It becomes a teen center to some degree.”
    “Now we need it more than we did before.”
    “We go wherever readers are, delivering great service and bringing the library to families in neighborhoods and grateful patrons who receive their deliveries at home.”


    About your Bookmobile: (some fun thoughts on them...)

    • To make the satellite dish work, you must plug in the correct cord.
    • Thrift stores are key. We bought a card table for a buck and it made all the difference.
    • Martha Stewart was right. A table cloth with a tasteful print adds pizazz to a bookmobile display.
    • Always take the keys out of the ignition before locking the door.
    • If you're gonna lock the keys in the bookmobile, make sure you're at a library.

      Fleet Services
    • “Owns” all vehicles in Carson City
    • Bookmobile would be about 6 VEU’s ($5,400) in routine maintenance
    • City gasoline is now $0.54 less than at the pump
    • Fleet Services can obtain a used vehicle, such as JAC or school bus, etc. and can do
      the conversion

    Following the presentation of a possible bookmobile for the new Carson City Library, Sandy De Vaney presented information on the library's homebound services:

    Our homebound program delivers books to those who are not able to get to the library. Working from a request list, books are chosen to fill the patrons' reading preferences. All varieties of genres are on the list - from adventure to zoology - and are selected by Sandy, the homebound coordinator.

    The patron chooses any favorite authors she wants to read, and the number of books she wants per month. We call new patrons to let them know of the delivery day - then drop off the selections. Next month, we deliver the next batch and retrieve the returning books. Folks can submit their requests by phone, notes left in returning books or e-mail. I am always glad to hear from the patrons - what is their favorite book this trip - what they are looking forward to next month.

    It is important for the Library to continue to reach out to users, some who simply cannot get in our doors...perhaps you might offer a suggestion to us about outreach. We also would love to hear your thoughts on a Carson City Bookmobile.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Private and Grant Funding options

    On June 25th, the Library Board had a presentation by two experts in the private fundraising profession:

    Presentation by Pam Graber, Resource Strategist

    Private Funding: Ongoing and Current Needs

    Twice a year annual appeal (mailing)
    Annual Fundraiser events
    Gift envelopes
    Public awareness enhancement

    Current need: capital campaign
    Basic Steps in Capital Campaign
    1. Feasibility Study
    2. Case for Support
    3. Asking
    4. Stewardship
    (Campaign Committee will be formed, honorary chair is usually appointed)

    Feasibility Study, via interviews, seeks information and advice from top prospects to get their input on and buy-in on the project.

    Interview topics include:

    Their knowledge, usage and opinion of the library and its services
    Library's reputation
    Library staff reputation
    Public satisfaction, i.e., what's the word on the street?
    Knowledge of other fundraising efforts in town and their support of them
    Advice on how to garner support of the library project
    Their own capacity/willingness to support financially

    Old adage: “Ask for money and get advice. Ask for advice and get money!”

    Who do you interview?
    Folks are known supporters
    Others of influence or affluence identified via prospect research
    Case for Support, aka Case Statement is an interesting and readable document that tells about the project and why it is deserving of support
    Describes the current library and the benefits it offers our community
    Describes your vision of how the new library will be better
    Describes “what's in it” for the donors, i.e., donor recognition, donor appreciation, naming opportunities, other giving extras

    Asking The main reason people don't give is that no one asked-

    Major gifts are solicited face-to-face
    Boards and committee members will be key
    Sara will be “at the table” for most asks
    It's not that scary. Remember, you're not asking for yourself, you're asking on behalf of everyone in the community who will benefit from the new facility.

    Stewardship- The ongoing care and feeding of donors

    Thank yous, appreciation events, invitations, personal contacts

    Michelle Schmitter, Development Manager for

    Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center

    In my experience here are some Basics for success: Very important that Development person be involved throughout the process (Space planning, Focus Groups, etc.); Look at Funding mechanisms that were successful for other library (Milpitas); Start with the Clients/users (30,000) in the search for funding.

    A. Feasibility Study – Grants Opportunities

    Compile list of appropriate projects, i.e. equipment, furnishings, artwork, technology with expenses. You will be looking for capital or special needs funds not Operating. Most Foundations do NOT award grants for operating costs
    As part of the application process, most Foundations will require an organizational history so it is good to have that prepared ion advance
    Audit – some Foundations require an audit, so if you haven’t had one in the last three years, you might want to budget for one – this would be an audit on the Friends group, the 501(c)(3)
    Research – 80% of your effort - using foundation center database as well as a host of other resources available Foundations that fund library projects in Nevada
    Review their guidelines and then if you have determined there is a 60% chance of funding, write grant proposal – 20% of time
    Project budget – will need lots of detailed information
    Follow the guidelines - Very important to create a unique grant package for each funding source which directly answer all the questions they provide

    B. Case for Support

    Know the facts, create the “story”

    Research and Quantify:
    Community Impacts
    Economic Impacts
    Environmental Impacts (if applicable)
    Local Values

    C. Asking or How do we get the project financed?

    1. Look beyond traditional funding strategies:

    Public/private partnerships
    Federal funding and/or tax credits
    Non-profit and foundation grants with “green” focus
    Donations in-kind (technology, etc.)

    2. Develop a creative, layered financing approach:

    Traditional financing (private & public)
    Tax Credits (if applicable)
    Grants and Donations
    Donations in-kind, or “demonstration” systems

    3. Explore all the Possibilities as each possibility brings other possible sources of public and private financing and funding options

    A. Adaptive Re-use of an Existing Building
    B. Community Development
    C. LEED or High Performance Building
    D. Stewardship – Follow through with Funding Sources

    All successful grants come with individual set of requirements associated with the gift. Important to follow the instructions or contract which is sent with the successful grant award.
    Setting up a Fund accounting system will allow you pull a financial report of grant funds detailing income and expenditures when needed.
    Annual Reports – Some Foundations may require you to submit a report once the project is completed where they will be looking for quantifiable information, i.e. number of people served.
    Reimbursable grants – Some grant funds (mostly state and federal dollars) ask that you expend the money and then submit “lots of paperwork” so they can then send you a check. This process requires the organization to first outlay the cash to pay for project costs, so you need to make certain that you have the funds.
    Please, please always remember to thank the funding source in writing immediately on receiving the grant. Invite the Trustees for a hardhat tour, to the opening event, to the dedication ceremony.
    Handout - Naming Opportunities

    Possible examples for the Library project include:

    $5,000 Gift
    Provide computer equipment
    Furnish the lounge
    Provide 1 Drinking Foundation
    Purchase books
    Provide unrestricted funds toward completion of the project.

    $10,000 Gift
    Furnish the conference room with tables and chairs
    Underwrite security cameras to ensure client safety and building security
    Underwrite artwork for the donor wall in the reception area
    Provide unrestricted funds toward completion of the project.

    $25,000 Gift
    Provide landscaping for outside garden area
    Furnish the reception area
    Provide unrestricted funds toward completion of the project.

    $50,000 Gift
    Landscape the building exterior
    Furnish racks for books
    Pave the parking lot
    Provide carpeting for the building
    Provide unrestricted funds toward completion of the project.

    $100,000 Gift
    Children’s Reading Area
    Underwrite the heating or air conditioning system for the building
    Provide unrestricted funds toward completion of the project.

    $250,000 + Gift
    Underwrite the expenses for the building to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified
    Provide unrestricted funds to fill the entire funding gap of the project

    Monday, June 8, 2009

    New library discussions ...with an eye towards the visual!

    The Carson City Library has recently had two meetings about the new library, both centered on the "visual".

    On May 28th, the Carson City Arts and Cultural Coalition started a dialog with the Carson City Library Board of Trustees about integrating art into the new public library, this included:
    • 1 % for Art – juried public art
    • Changing Galleries within the new Carson City Library
    • Artists in Residence – Performing, Visual and Literary space within the new Carson City Library

    Presenters from the Carson City Cultural Coalition- Peter Barton, Carson City Cultural Commission, Sharon Rosse of the Capital City Arts Initiative, Robin Hodgkin from the Nevada Arts Council and Joe McCarthy, Office of Business Development and staff to the Carson City Cultural Commission all gave information to the Library Board.

    Several wonderful examples of art in public spaces were shown- the entire presentation can be seen from this link:

    Integrating art in public buildings is common all over the country and is an especially good fit in a public library where there are both residents and visitors using and enjoying the facility.

    Additionally public libraries both new and old are considered works of art themselves:

    On June 4th the library held a meeting- Envisoning the New Carson City Library- more than a hundred pictures were on display to help the community begin the conversation about what they want in a new library... traditional... modern... lots of space for kids ....great technology...???

    The display is still available to look at in the Nevada State Library and Archives, 100 N. Stewart Street in the Joseph Anderson Gallery, which is open 9-5 Monday thru Friday, and comment cards are available for you to give your opinions.

    Kirk Caraway of the Nevada Appeal published a great article about the process on Saturday, June 6th:

    News Carson City also covered the event:

    The consultants Page + Moris and Field Paoli will continue working with the library to provide all the documentation needed so that when a site is selected architects can be engaged to provide conceptual renderings for all to see.

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Possible Public Funding Options for a new Carson City Library

    The April 23 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees and the Advisory Committee on Public Funding Options for a new library was attended by more than 20 people. The meeting provided information on available public funding options.

    The information was presented by Linda Ritter, who works on special projects for Carson City- but was serving in a volunteer capacity to assist the Library Board of Trustees, joining her in the presentation was Al Kramer, Carson City Treasurer and Nick Providenti, Carson City Finance Director.

    You may watch the meeting via Access Carson City -choose the April 23, 2009 meeting.

    Here is a recap of the presentation:

    Funding Options for a New Facility

    Bonding for a new facility
    Possible re-payment sources

    • Property Taxes
    • Sales Taxes
    • Operating Revenue
    • Proceeds from sale/lease of existing facility

    Property Tax Override

    • Additional property taxes can be levied to provide revenue for bonded indebtedness.
    • The combined tax rate for Carson City is $3.3024. The property tax cap is $3.66, leaving $0.3576 available for debt service.
    • The debt levy require a positive vote by the public.

    Sales Taxes

    • Sales taxes can only be levied where it is specifically authorized by the Nevada State Legislature.

    There are two special sales tax levies authorized by law:

    • Several options for a sales tax to be used for specific purpose requiring voter approval (NRS 377A)
    • One option for additional sales taxes can be approved by the Board of Supervisors (NRS 377B)

    Estimates of sales tax revenues for debt service should be conservative to insure enough revenue each year to retire the debt.

    Permitted Special Sales Tax

    Infrastructure (NRS377B), 0.25%

    Special Purposes (NRS 377A) Parks, Open Space, Libraries etc., 0.25%

    Special Purposes (NRS 377A) Swimming Pools, 0.25%

    Special Purposes (NRS 377A)- Roads, 0.25%

    Special Purposes (NRS 377A)- Tourism, 0.25%

    Carson City Special Sales Taxes

    V & T- NRS 377B, 0.125%

    Roads- NRS 377A, 0.250%

    Parks and Open Space- NRS 377A, 0.250%

    Special Sales Taxes Available

    Pursuant to NRS 377A (requires a positive public vote)

    • 0.25% for roads
    • 0.25% for tourism
    • 0.25% for swimming pools

    Pursuant to NRS 377B (requires a positive vote by the Board of Supervisors only)

    • 0.0125% facilities relating to public safety or to cultural and recreational or judicial functions

    Operating Revenue

    • If operating a facility generates revenue, that revenue may be used to offset debt service.
    • Revenue estimates used in these cases should indicate a steady revenue level over the life of the bond.

    Proceeds from existing facility

    • The existing facility could be sold and the proceeds applied to the new facility.
    • The existing facility could be leased and the proceeds applied to debt service for the new facility.

    Financing Options

    Property Tax $0.05 Tax Levy = $12.5 million Bonded Amount-

    $43.75 annually for a home valued at $250,000 (Taxpayer Impact)

    Sales Tax 1/8% Tax Levy = $12 million Bonded Amount-

    $7.50 annually for a family that spends $500/month on taxable purchases

    (Taxpayer Impact)

    Operating Revenue No tax levy= $6 million-No Bonded Amount-No taxpayer impact- Bonded amount is based upon $500,000 in annual operating revenue.

    Proceeds from Existing Facility- No tax levy-Unknown Bonded Amount-No taxpayer Impact-it may be difficult to determine the exact proceeds that may be recovered din advance

    Other considerations....

    • Partnerships with other entities should be explored
    • Shared public space infrastructure
    • Shared operating costs
    • Increased opportunity for private activity
    • A total of 18,257 Carson City residents voted in the 2006 election
    • Setting a time line for planning and financing is imperative

    The presentation also included a lively question and answer period- including-

    • any property tax override would be outside of the 3% cap on future increases for residential properties
    • there is only one sales tax option currently available - the 1/8 cent that the Board of Supervisors can levy

    So please watch the video of the meeting for more details- of both the issues raised and the possible solutions.

    Funding a new library is undoubtedly a complex and quite a daunting part of building a new public library, but having the facts and possible ideas in place in advance will help the community decide what is in their best interest.

    At the next Library Board meeting public art as a component of the project will be discussed as an advisory committee topic, the presentation will be done by the Carson City Arts and Cultural Coalition. An article provided by the National Endowment for the Arts that might help start that discussion can be found here.

    Thursday, April 2, 2009

    Technology, Technology, Technology

    On Thursday, March 26th the Carson City Library Board and members of their Advisory Committee heard presentations about technology options for a new library. Karen Hofmann, MSSE, CSM Consultant/Owner of KEMH LLC, WBENC-Certified Business gave a presentation about RFID in Libraries, Radio Frequency Identification is used to track library materials and makes libraries more efficient by having machines do much of the work of check in, check out and inventory. Human efficiency will be a driving force in the design of a new library.

    For detailed information about the use of RFID in Libraries go to RFID in US Libraries

    In addition brief discussions were covered on extended Wi-Fi access-both in an around a new public library, using technology for security in libraries and new formats for library materials...which leads nicely into details about the Carson City Library's celebration of National Library Week....

    Worlds Connect @ the Carson City Library- April 13-19.

    We are discovering, celebrating and exploring new technologies used in libraries and in everyday life.

    We start the week with a presentation on Second Life.

    Second Life is a "virtual world, or multi-user environment (MUVEs). Second life exists as a web-based 3-D immersive environment. In these worlds participants are represented by avatars, or digital personnna, who interact with one another in a persistent world (i.e., the world exists whether or not a user is "there") "
    -Lori Bell in Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries: Librarians and Educators in Second Life and Other Mult-User Environments.

    For April 14th-the kick off to the week's technology programs- our presenter- Kimberly Rufer Bach will be exploring the wide range of resources available in virtual worlds, the evening starts off with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by a live presentation of Second Life- all of this will happen at the Galaxy Theatre- 4000 S. Curry Street- Carson's all digital theatre- Galaxy and the Fandango continue to be a wonderful partner to the Carson City Library.

    On April 15th @ 5:30 in the Library Auditorium we will have a "technology petting zoo"-participants will be invited to both touch and play with a some of today's hottest gadgets-
    Gadgets will include:

    Amazon's Kindle

    I Pod touch; I Pod, MP3


    GPS and Geocaching


    And finally on Thursday, April 16 at 6:00 pm in the library auditorium:
    Do you Tweet?
    Guy Johnson will be presenting
    Twitter: What-Why-How?

    I hope you will join us for any or all of our events connecting the world with technology and what better place to do that than at the Library?

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    March 19th- new library presentation

    On March 19th about a dozen members of the community came to a second presentation about plans for a new library. We were again honored to have Assemblyman Mo Denis attend the meeting and tell us why public libraries are so important to him.

    Our next meeting will be March 26th at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Center, Sierra Room, you can also catch the meeting live on Charter Cable Channel 10. We will be discussing technology for a new library, a short video entitled Your Public Library: Keeping Your Community Connected will be shown and presentations on state of the art technology in public libraries will be shown.

    Karen Hofmann from KEMH LLC will do a presentation on RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification), and other technologies to increase efficiency. KEMH LLC puts the puzzle pieces together of how business processes merge with technologies. KEMH LLC helps organizations to define a strategy and plan to achieve goals.

    In addition these technologies will be introduced:
    • Automated materials handling
    • Enhanced Wi Fi access
    • Security
    • New formats for delivery of library materials

    In addition to that the library had its first meeting with the Kathy Page of Page + Moris who will be helping the community determine the size and the amenities for the new library.

    Ms. Page was principal consultant at Kathryn Page Associates, a library planning firm, from 1997 through 2004, during which time she prepared over 100 library facility planning projects. These projects include library space and service needs assessments, interior space planning, building programs, architectural plan reviews and related services. In January 2005, Ms. Page started the firm Page + Moris, with Beverly Moris, CCIDC, to provide an expanded scope of services to the library community, including library facility planning, interior design and furniture selection and specification.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    New computers and online poll in the Nevada Appeal

    Dave Frank wrote a great article about the new computers at the library. The library has added computers in quantity by over 50% and in quality to what we had before they can't even be compared- better speed, increased time limits- Office applications, brand new, etc, etc.... Good technology is critical to public libraries and as we discuss expanding the library investing in technology is essential to a 21st Century Library.

    On another note the Nevada Appeal ran an online poll that at first glance seems a bit disheartening- when they asked How often do you go to the library? the results for the 181 people who voted are:
    Rarely 34.25% (62)
    Never 34.25% (62)
    Monthly 13.26%(24)
    Once a week 12.15%(22)
    Three or more times a week 6.08%(11)

    So when you do the math 65.74% of those who participated in the one-day poll use the library. This is a consistent statistic to the percentage of community members who hold ( and use) library cards. Also there is quite a bit of distance between the choices of rarely and monthly. When you consider the cost of the public library on a per-capita basis is about $27.00 per person- close to what one best seller would cost someone, the Return on Investment (ROI) seems pretty good, and even when you do it by the use statistic (65%) represented in this snapshot poll its only $41.00 per one best seller and one DVD...believe me our users take out much more than that...users average nearly twelve items per person, per year.

    The one comment to the poll was:
    Time to stop being a traditional library, and evolve into a multi-layered "knowledge center." Your grandfather's library cannot survive in such a fast-changing world

    Hopefully to those that said they never check us out, they might look again because even though our building is caught in the early 70's our public access computing technology is now 21st century.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Interested community leaders invited to learn about new library plans

    March 4, 2009
    The Carson City Library and its support organizations (Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation) invited interested community members to hear about plans to build a new library and the progress made to date.
    A library video entitled A Place for Everyone was shown also a very motivating and encouraging talk was presented by Assemblyman Mo Denis.

    Assemblyman Denis is an avid library user and a former library trustee for the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. A true advocate for libraries he spoke about the importance of libraries in his life-both to him and his family, how much richer we all are for their availability and how the seven new libraries built in Las Vegas during his time as a Library Trustee were wonderful additions to their communities, he ended his talk with this:

    Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl, One was an optimistic soul;
    But the other took the gloomy view, "I shall drown," he cried, "and so will you."
    So with a last despairing cry, He closed his eyes and said, "Good-bye."
    But the other frog, with a merry grin Said, "I can't get out, but I won't give in!
    I'll swim around till my strength is spent.
    For having tried, I'll die content."
    Bravely he swam until it would seem His struggles began to churn the cream.
    On the top of the butter at last he stopped And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
    What is the moral?
    It's easily found.
    If you can't get out -- keep swimming around!

    Following Assemblyman Denis I gave the group information on the library- succinctly the Carson City Library has had no expansion in 27 years- even though it serves four times as many people as when the 900 N. Roop Street location was built in 1971- currently nearly 300,000 people use the library every year and it has recently become a hot spot for kids of all ages in our community.
    I provided information about the year and a half discussion with the community about the library and its services- this dialogue has resulted in interest in pursuing a new downtown centrally located library.

    Attendees were asked if they are interested in being part of groups that will continue the discussion on library services, technology, collection, possible sites, funding, architectural style, and green building (LEED) ideas.

    Three brand new libraries are potential models:

    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    Rockville, Maryland

    Milpitas, California

    All of these libraries provide some best practices for planning for a new library in Carson City.

    Another meeting just like this on will be held on March 19 @ 5:30 at the library anyone interested in learning more is invited to attend, call me at (775) 887-2244 ext. 1007 or e-mail at