King County Library System
2002 Annual Report
While maintaining superior levels of services in 2002, KCLS also took important steps to make the Library System even better. A Vision statement created by the Library’s Board of Trustees guided the important developments of 2002 and is defined by four components: An Intellectual Adventure for Everyone, The Heart of the Community, We Make it Easy and One System.
To make KCLS libraries “an intellectual adventure for everyone,” substantial improvements were made to the collections and marketing of books and other materials. Pilot projects for Teen Zones, enhanced children’s areas and the wildly successful Library Connection @ Crossroads all pointed the way to the library of the future.
KCLS libraries as “the heart of the community” was demonstrated in the Library Choices community outreach program. Through the plan, KCLS invited patrons to help identify and prioritize library needs for every community. In the process, 10 cities asked that KCLS’ expansion be a major partner in their plans for growth and economic development. At the same time, the System continued to pursue partnerships and collaborations with the 18 different school districts it serves. Training for teachers and resources and services to students was an important focus for each of KCLS’ 42 community libraries.
The remainder of the KCLS Vision statement calls for KCLS to create services convenient to library patrons, and to operate as one System as the way to produce a quality of service not attainable by any single library. In 2002, KCLS technological advances such as an improved Web site, greater use of the fiber optic network, and new thin client workstations, all support the fulfillment of the Vision. As technology is becoming more accessible, it is also growing in importance—as many of the Library System’s most important reference resources are now available online in libraries and directly to patrons at home, school and work. Other projects were initiated in 2002, such as the Central Storage Center that will help KCLS preserve an extensive collection while freeing up community library space.
All of KCLS’ accomplishments in 2002 represent strong movement in the direction of the Board’s Vision. The activities of the past year also give evidence of how much better the Library System can become. We at KCLS are as excited by what has been done as we are by what more can still be accomplished.
Total Circulation: 14.9 million
Community Groups Use of the Library:
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Last Updated: July 22, 2007