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Moving a Collection Off-Site

I have just recently learned that, much to my surprise, the State of Colorado has decided to fund our program plan building request in full rather than in phases. That means that rather than having 12 months to plan for our remodel, I'm not being asked by our facilities folks to consider if we might be able to be moved out of the building by fall semester!! (No, I'm not kidding.) Do you have any suggestions for me about what to avoid in considering moving all or part of the collections and…

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Library Renovation

On April 1, 2008 I will be employed by Mason City Public LIbrary in Mason City, Iowa. MCPL will be undergoing and $9.5 million dollar renovation between now and 2010. The funding is in place and the architectural firm has been chosen. Now comes the task of implementing ideas, wants, needs, desires of Staff, Patrons and Board Members. I have studied a few renovations and new library construction projects.One of my big concerns or hopes is that we plan for the future needs of Staff, Patrons and…

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