Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dedham Library Innovation Team: Creating a State-of-the-Art Library

Link to December 30 Boston Globe article, "Library woes propel Dedham residents to action".

Excerpt:   To that end, Reynolds helped start a booster group for the library — the Dedham Library Innovation Team — at the end of October, when word got out that the Board of Trustees was weighing options for cutting hours at the Main Library and Endicott Branch Library.

The new group, which has close to 200 members on Facebook, aims to create enthusiasm about the library, and find ways to keep it open and improving, Reynolds said.

Colorful posters went up around town asking “Got card?’’ and urging residents to get library cards and support the institution. Three founding members of the group applied for a vacancy on the library Board of Trustees, with one winning the seat.

Members have been meeting with people in other communities to see how they’ve revived flagging libraries or expanded thriving ones, looking particularly at the use of volunteers.

Related article:
The math doesn't add up @ the Dedham Public Library.  (12/16/2010)

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