On Tuesday, May 20th, Jericho residents will be asked to go to the polls and vote on the Jericho Public Library budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015. Our goal in preparing this budget was to keep costs down (to the lowest allowable threshold as prescribed in Chapter 97 of the NYS laws of 2011) while increasing and improving services to the Jericho Community.
The Jericho community has traditionally given the library the opportunity to provide quality resources and services and the means to adopt new technologies. The conversion from traditional library materials to new formats has been a priority for us. The transformation of patrons’ reading habits to portable devices has been encouraged and nurtured at JPL. We have purchased a Jericho Library e-Book individual platform and as a result all our downloadable services (Overdrive and 3M) for portable devices are for JPL patrons ONLY and are not shared with other libraries. This has increased availability and the number of titles accessible to Jericho patrons. Also to further assist you, we have made it easier to locate your JPL downloadable title of choice with our new in-house central e-Book database e-Search tool (Jericho Overdrive and 3M e-Book search). If you require help with the downloadable process our Technology Aides are on hand (after school hours) to offer patrons assistance with any downloading questions. Of course, the Reference Librarians are always available to assist you.
Titles have been increased for our downloadable magazine service (Zinio: Digital Magazines For Libraries). This plan allows patrons to access and simultaneously view full digital copies of a selection of magazines on their mobile devices. Music downloadables continue to be available with JPL Freegal, an iTunes type of service. Patrons may sign up for continuing education courses with our Universal Class option on the JPL website. There is a multipurpose fax/scanner, color printer available for public use. Also, patrons may obtain Photo quality pictures by inserting the memory card from their digital camera or smartphone into the computers in our Information Center. A small meeting room with video conferencing equipment which allows for interactive communication may be reserved by Jericho patrons for their own use. Downloading our JPL Mobil App will allow your smartphone to act as your library card. Our RFID state-of-the art self-checkout system has ensured patrons of a speedy egress. Museum passes continue to be a big hit. Our Home Bound Service continues to flourish. Our yearly book sale continues to prosper and provides an opportunity for our patrons to purchase discarded library items.
Our digital projector in the JPL Theatre is of professional quality which enhances the viewing experience for all. Our strong and secure Wi-Fi system enables safe and easy access when patrons bring their own devices to the library. Our patrons may borrow e-Book hardware such as Sony Readers, Kindle Fire Tablets, Barnes and Noble Nook Color Tablets, Apple iPads and Nook Readers. Everyone may enjoy meals/snacks in our indoor café as well as our picnic tables outside. For your convenience, our new custom Multiple Patron Linkage Cardstar App will allow family members or other patrons to link their JPL library cards. The Reference staff may now be reached in person, by phone, or with our new service of virtual texting of Reference questions by using their PC’s, Tablets, or mobile phones. Our website is constantly expanding to bring you the latest information and service. Also, our JPL App enables the library to be available 24/7 on patron’s portable devices via our continuously evolving website.
Summer Reading clubs are enjoyed by all with clubs for Children, YA’s and Adults. Also, for a year around reading club we have introduced the JPL Book-In -A- Blog for adults. This new service allows participation from anywhere on your portable devices. Homework help continues to be available for students with a valid JPL Library card to collaborate with a real tutor via the JPL website. Technology also has pervaded in the Children’s Room in the form of an interactive Crayon iPad Kiosk for the youngest patrons. The Tween area has benefited from the addition of iPads. In addition, we now have iPads available for patron use in the Adult and YA Reference area. We continue to self- publish our “Community Directory” as well as our “New York Guide” We added an online Library revenue management system with Chase Paymentech that allows for secure credit card transactions for patrons to pay fees with a credit card. The Long Island History display cabinet was added in the Reference area so that we could showcase important aspects of Jericho’s unique history. We have supplemented adult learning with interactive Creative Aging Workshops that serve as exercises for the aging adult brain. Our Downloadable App allow patrons to choose either 14 or 21 day loans as per patron preference . Our independent Innovative: In-House Management System/Catalog with a standalone server is ready to be launched. This resource will enable patrons to receive, whether on line or in-house, fast and efficient service that will serve to enhance the entire library experience. In addition, the new server will allow staff the mechanisms for behind the scene maneuvers that will benefit all.
Remember, the library belongs to the community; and we are here for you in any way we can. The budget increase this year is 1.90 % which is within the allowable threshold as prescribed in Chapter 97 of the NYS Laws of 2011. We have made every effort to minimize the increase while maintaining and improving the present level of service. Your continued support on May 20th will help us provide the excellence you’ve come to expect. Please come out and vote and then come to the library, the one place you get to enjoy your tax dollars at work.
Barbara Kessler, Director
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