Community Involvement Standards (Revised 2007)
F. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Revised 2007)
Libraries today should be proactive in meeting community needs and affecting the local quality of life. As libraries evolve and change, the need for visibility of libraries and library services increases. Involvement from the staff, volunteers, Friends, Foundation trustees and Library Board members are key to connecting each local community to the library’s resources, services and potential for contributing to the community.
All supporting groups share the same vision for the library (Library Board, Friends, and Library Foundation) and work together supporting each other and the future of each library.
In order to meet threshold standards, each Oregon public library shall:
- Have an active Friends group assisting the library.
- Encourage the Director’s involvement in local community through civic organization or cooperation with local schools and human service agencies.
- Use volunteers, as opportunities arise, but not to displace paid staff.
In order to meet adequate standards, Oregon public libraries shall meet threshold standards and in addition:
- Have an active Library Foundation that relies on contributions of citizens to supplement tax revenue (e.g.: annual contributions, wills and bequests could be made to the library foundation).
- Have a volunteer program coordinated by a staff member, among other responsibilities.
In order to meet excellent standards, Oregon public libraries shall meet adequate standards and in addition:
- The Library Foundation shall have an endowment policy, investment structure and a long-range fund raising strategy.
- Encourage all professional staff members’ involvement in one local civic organization or other agency.
- Collaborate with local human service providers (non profits, city, county) to provide better visibility and outreach.
- Have a designated position of "Volunteer Coordinator."