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1.03 Role Statements

Logan Library
Approved: 21 August 2001
Revised and Approved: 14 June 2016

Role statements, in this context, are profiles of what a public library chooses to emphasize in providing services to the community. Role statements are useful in determining what the library is striving to accomplish and how to do so.

Following discussion among library staff and its administrative team, the Logan Library Board has approved the following role statements for the Logan Library. As all are seen as equally important, they are listed here in alphabetical order:

1.03.01 Access to Information and Services

Description. The library provides access to information and services by actively and purposely thinking of patrons and their needs. This role can also be described as one that focuses on removing barriers to patrons acquiring information and receiving services. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.02 Collection of Materials

Description. The library provides a collection of materials in a variety of mainstream formats and makes them readily available for patrons to use. These collections include items intended for educational and informational purposes, as well as those intended for recreational and pleasurable purposes, and popular or "in-demand" items – or anything in-between. Conscientious and deliberate efforts will be made to provide a myriad of ideas and opposing viewpoints and to fight against censorship of the same. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.03 Community Gathering Place

Description. The library encourages its use as a community gathering place and focal point by creating and maintaining a warm, inviting, comfortable, neutrally "safe" and unbiased space for individuals and groups to study, read, reflect and create independently or to meet with others in order to create, to discuss, to exchange ideas, to learn, to share, to teach or perhaps to simply "escape." The intent is that the library serve as a place away from home and away from work or school, which patrons can utilize as their "third place" and feel comfortable to do any of the things listed above. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.04 Creativity

Description. The library strives to provide a collection of materials, and programs, space and "tools" in the facility that allow, encourage and promote creativity by members of the community. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.05 Diversity

Description. The library welcomes, encourages and actively promotes use of its facility and services by all members of the community. The library desires and strives to be "everyone's library," no matter their age, ethnicity, gender, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ability or disability level, or reading or viewing preferences. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.06 Learning and Literacy

Description.Description. The library plays an essential role in teaching and promoting learning and literacy. From early learning and literacy in the very young, to the developing minds of elementary age children, through the sometimes turbulent years of adolescence, and the life-long learning needs and desires of adults and "senior citizens," the library will continue to promote learning, reading and overall literacy - including digital literacy - within each person in the community. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.07 Outreach

Description. The library will not simply wait for members of the community to use it. Rather, the library will actively consider what aspects of the community are not utilizing its services and strategically strive to reach out to those persons in order to inform and invite them. The library will also actively seek community partners that can help it accomplish this role. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

1.03.08 Staff and Volunteer Development and Mentoring

Description.The library highly values the efforts and dedication of its paid staff and dependable volunteers, including the Library Board of Trustees. Efforts will be made to provide a variety of training opportunities and an environment of mutual respect among all who help to assist the library in accomplishing its mission. Examples of how the library may fulfill this role include:

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