Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Library staff tours libraries for ideas and inspiration

Twice a year, the Plainfield Public Library is closed to the public while the staff attends a day of training. The training can be anything from a new computer program like Office 2007 to how to respond to disasters and other emergencies in the library. This year, with our focus on planning for expansion, library staff toured two different libraries: Skokie Public Library and Addision Public Library.

Skokie Public Library (http://www.skokie.lib.il.us/) is one of five libraries to win the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries, honoring libraries and museums that have helped make their communities better places to live. This library serves as a model for library service that makes a difference in the lives of its residents. Their gracious staff gave tours and answered questions, giving the Plainfield staff a new perspective on service.

With only a few weeks since their grand opening celebration, Addison Public Library (http://www.addisonlibrary.org/) showcased what can be included in the design of a modern library. From art to countertops, shelving to green roof, staff shared the positives and negatives of all stages of an expansion project.

The conversation continues among the Plainfield Library staff on everything they liked and disliked about these libraries, the ideas they had for immediate use and those for expansion planning.

Thanks to our friends in Skokie and Addison for taking the time to allow us to tour their libraries!

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