Wednesday, February 29, 2012
JCCI's study, Check It Out: Independent Library Funding, addresses one of five recommendations that the Library's Board of Trustees made to Jacksonville's City Council in July 2011. That recommendation, which was based on the consultant's report, was:
The board recommends implementation of stable, reliable, and sustainable funding mechanisms, as well as endorsement of targeted capital investments.
Now more than the Board of Trustees wants to know: what does a stable, reliable, and sustainable funding mechanism look like and does Jacksonville want this for their libraries? JCCI donors, Friends of the Jacksonville Library, and the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, Inc. are funding a study of this very question.
Read the study's issue statement for more on how this study came to be...
The upcoming Check It Out: Independent Library Funding study will examine: Should the Jacksonville Public Library system become funded independently from the City of Jacksonville?
After the Better Jacksonville Plan
In the early 2000s Jacksonville residents voted to tax themselves in order to bring better roads, a larger ball field, improvements to parks AND more libraries. Everyone got what they wanted.
Since 2005 Jacksonville has six more library branches plus a new downtown Main Library. The square footage for Jacksonville’s public libraries doubled. The number of employees running our libraries increased. The money spent on DVDs, books, CDs, computers, and newspapers increased.
And so…more people are using the library. And more materials are being checked out. The increases in library services due to the Better Jacksonville Plan continued well past the 2008 financial collapse.
Please join the study. Learn what is happening behind the scenes at your neighborhood library.
We meet every Friday from March 2 through June 1 at 11:30 a.m. at JCCI. Sign up online, or call us today at 396-3052 to participate.
This 12-week study is being chaired by Jim Stevenson, Vice President of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Military, Public Safety and Security Division and JCCI Board Member, and Walt Bussells, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for GreenPointe Holdings, LLC. Proudly supported by JCCI donors, the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Inc.