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hello from Portland, ME where sch/pub combination is fast on its way

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  • book1babe
    We re currently in process of building a new Elementary K-5 school and combining one of our five public library branches with the school library in 4,000
    Message 1 of 2 , May 3 3:56 PM
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      We're currently in process of building a new Elementary K-5 school
      and combining one of our five public library branches with the
      school library in 4,000 sq.ft. of space. I am Head of Branches and
      Outeach Services for our library. One of our City Concilors and a
      couple of parents decided we should combine the two. Our Board
      agreed with them.
      The School Library Media Specialist and I are writing the contracts
      at the moment.There are so many details! This is no easy process!
      I attended PLA's program at Conference last March to get some
      background info on this process realizing it is important to be
      informed when making a decision that is a new venture.
      It was an eye-opening experience! Most of the
      shared info indicated combinations do not work except under three
      special and very specific conditions (which we're not following...if
      we did, we'd have a better chance of success). The Building
      Committee for the new school rejected our joint committee's decision
      that it was not a good idea for us to combine services and our Board
      gave in to their demands. So...we're in process. Ground has been
      broken, building is going up, etc.....
      Yet, ...I am hopeful the community will get what they want. We'll do
      our best to provide the best service possible within the conditions
      they are providing us.
      The scary part is that it sets a precedent for future combinations;
      and public library service as we know it(free and without
      censorship) may become endangered throughout our City, County, State
      and beyond...all because somebody thinks it will save money and keep
      the city from closing branches.
    • Debra Oyler
      As a relatively successful combined library (middle school/high school/ public) I am curious - what are the three special and specific conditions for joint
      Message 2 of 2 , May 4 7:53 AM
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        As a relatively successful combined library (middle school/high school/
        public) I am curious - what are the three special and specific
        conditions for joint library success?


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        Debra Oyler
        Director
        Calumet Public School Library
        57070 Mine St.
        Calumet, MI 49913
        906 337-0311 ext. 1113
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