This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

“This Is What a Librarian Looks Like”
A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information
By Kyle Cassidy

“Libraries can be – and in many places are – anything their communities need them to be. The power of libraries is their willingness and ability to assess the interests, desires, and needs of their patrons as they change over time. Libraries are community centers, schools, health clinics, post offices, movie theaters, job placement centers, and infinite other things.”
Matt Krueger | Teen Services Librarian | Irondequoit Public Library

“Libraries are more important to our world than people realize. We are the ‘holders of forever’ ensuring access to our cultural heritage, while providing the free access and flow of information to anyone in the world. All you have to do is ask.”
Kyle K. Courtney | Copyright Adviser | Harvard University Library

“Libraries are centers of discovery and a safe place to go where one is encouraged and supported in finding information that is empowering and transformative.”
Jessie Nachem | Librarian | The Wright Institute Oakland Public Library

“Libraries strive to be a safe place for the maligned members of our communities. Librarians want you to be welcomed and find a second home with us.”
Amy Call | Reference and Instruction Librarian | Marygrove College

“I believe in the library as a place for a great exchange of information, discovery, and creativity. Libraries encourage open minds with open doors, open books, and open screens.”
Natasha Arce | International School Librarian | School of the Nations Macau

“Libraries are the heart of community learning.”
Samantha Marison | Student/Aspiring Librarian | University of Connecticut

“I have always thought of libraries as a refuge – as places to collaborate and learn. Libraries offer people the freedom to be themselves.”
Claire Schmieder | Adult Services Librarian | Cherry Hill Public Library

“Libraries mean that no matter what your situation, you will always have a place where you can go to find the knowledge you need to be the person you want to be.”
Natalie Dejonghe | Ebook Trainer/Grant Project Coordinator | Reaching Across Illinois Library System

“Not only do I provide books to my littlest patrons, I help their parents learn how to parent. I help them find materials on behavior, education, life development stages, and much more.”
Valerie Bogert | Youth Services Librarian | Springfield Greene County Library

“For many immigrants to this country, the library is the first place where they feel accepted.”
Alicia Long | Reference Librarian | State College of Florida

“Libraries can help stop a generational cycle of abuse, victimization, or anger. They can rehabilitate, help people grow, and change in life.”
Sam Leif | Correctional Facility Librarian | Colorado Department of Correction

“Libraries provide important services that target underrepresented communities. Without libraries, many individuals could not read, write, or use a computer. These basic services can change lives. I want people to realize that libraries are transforming every day. Libraries are pulling our communities together and strengthening them. People don’t know about so many of the services libraries provide.”
Marian Mays | Recent MSLIS Graduate | University of Kentucky

“Libraries provide a community gathering place with resources, information, entertainment, and socializing for no commercial payoff. Our payoff is a healthy, literate society.”
Sara Sunshine Holloway | Teen Services Librarian | Tacoma Public Library

“Libraries are becoming social centers where people can come for recreation or to learn.”
Mario Veyna-Reyes | Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

“Books change lives. They expose individuals to ideas that can save the world of one or the world of many. Librarians are guides to the many pathways books offer. Information is my lifeline. I do what I do to share this lifeline with those who need it most.”
Anna E. Gentry | Network Librarian | Firstline Schools

“What would we do without our elders? Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles? They’re the libraries and archives of our lives and society. Librarians and archives, like elders, reaffirm our sense of being, our purpose, and help inform who we are and how we interact within society.” Rachel E. Winston | MSIS Candidate, VF Austin (May 2015) | VF Austin Information School

“If all the libraries in the community shut down, the community would lose more than just the ability to distribute library materials. Librarians are a hub of resources for communities and provide opportunities for people to help themselves and connect with other members of the community.” Karina Reyna | MLS Student/Knowledge River Graduate Assistant | University of Arizona Knowledge River

“Reading and learning can open the mind, but only as far as the reader or learner is willing to be opened. I can’t make anyone embrace change – I simply continue to provide the opportunities. It’s all up to you. It’s what you choose to spend your time one, and how much you choose to challenge yourself. Nowhere is this more obvious than in a prison.”
Erin Boyington | Library Technician II | Sterling Correctional Facility, Colorado Dept. of Corrections

“Libraries are more relevant today than ever. In these challenging times, early childhood education is in great demand and trained children’s librarians are being sought our in droves for their experience and expertise.”
Christopher Lassen | Library Information Supervisor/Children’s Librarian | Brooklyn Public Library

“The library is the only place anyone – poor or wealthy – can go with a question and find a real person, capable of reading between the lines, who can help find an answer. Google doesn’t work if you aren’t even sure yourself with you’re looking for.”
Megan Hodge | Teaching and Learning Librarian | Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

“Libraries are the embodiment of lifelong learning.”
Rebecca Leonhard | Director of LAS Libraries | Leysin American School in Switzerland

“Libraries are a safe space where you can challenge your views about life.”
Scott Nicholson | Associate Professor | Syracuse University School of Information Studies

“Why libraries? Innovation, creativity, inspiration, diversity, community.”
Courtney Young | 2014 President of the American Library Association | Penn State Greater Allegheny Library

Community Facilities Network Plan

Community Facilities Network Plan


Community Facilities Network Map

The below information is from the Christchurch City Council website,, 6 March 2019.

  1. Community Facilities Network Plan
    Reference: 19/207225
    John Filsell, Head of Community Support Governance and Partnerships, Paul McKeefry, Community Facilities Specialist.
  2. Purpose of Report
    1.1 The purpose of this report is to update the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee on the development of the Community Facilities Network Plan.
  3. Executive Summary
    2.1 The development of a Community Facilities Network Plan project is underway and will include advice on specific facility opportunities identified by Council.
    2.2 This report provides an overview of project goals, scope and timeframe along with emerging information.
  4. Staff Recommendations
    That the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee:
  5. Receives the report.
  6. Key Points
    4.1 Key points are discussed in section 5 of this report below.
  7. Context/Background
    Issue or Opportunity
    5.1 A Community Facilities Network Plan us being developed that will provide a framework to inform and guide Council’s decision making processes over the provision and operation of community facilities. It will also provide information on specific facility opportunities identified by Council; namely, a Shirley Community Centre, a Multicultural Centre, a Centre for the Dallington-Avondale-Burwood area and an Okains Bay Community Centre.
    5.2 Project objectives include:
    · Explore the feasibility of four potential community facilities identified by Council.
    · Describe current community facility provision including use, capacity, degree to which facilities are fit-for-purpose, cost and asset condition.
    · Develop a current list and framework for recording facilities provided by Council and others.
    · Cross-reference existing provision against community need.
    · Develop a framework and criteria that assists Council in making decisions on the provision of community facilities including working with others.
    · Produce a Network Plan as a living document to be updated over time.

Strategic Alignment
5.3 The LTP 2018-2028 Service Plan is aligned with Council’s strategic direction of enabling active citizenship and connected communities in respect of community facilities, it states:
· We [Council] provide community centres, halls and houses to encourage participation in local activities and build a sense of community.
· We [Council] offer support to community organisations to help them deliver the valuable services they provide.
5.4 On 22 June 2018 Council resolved (CLTP/2018/00017):
· That the Council requests staff to complete the Community Facilities Network Plan as soon as practicable; and approves an additional $170,000 operational expenditure in 2018/19 to expedite this, inform next year’s and future years’ annual plans. Potential developments include but are not limited to; the Shirley Community Centre, a Multicultural Centre, a Centre for Avondale, Burwood and Dallington area and an Okains Bay Community Centre.

Network Plan Scope
5.5 The Plan will primarily cover community facilities owned and/or managed by Christchurch City Council including halls, community centres and cottages, leased facilities for volunteer libraries, toy libraries, community gardens and play centres. For the avoidance of doubt these are detailed in Community Facilities Asset Management Plan (17/696137).
5.6 Other facilities will be analysed to inform the “network” and identify opportunities to partner with others and/or signal gaps:
· Community facilities (or similar) situated on reserve managed the Parks Unit.
· Council-owned heritage classified buildings used as community facilities.
· Facilities owned by others.
5.7 The plan process will consider but not be limited to the following inputs:
· Demographic, e.g. – Population, Diversity, Geographical spread
· Financial, – CAPEX for new and R&R, OPEX
· Range of options for facility provision, including but not limited to:

  • Mixed model use such as community centre and libraries (Citizen Hub Strategy)
  • Facilities provided in partnership including draft partnership documents and templates
  • The promotion of non-Council facilities
  • Non-asset solutions.
  • Current and planned provision of facilities by Council and others.
  • Utilization and availability of facilities.
    5.8 Council owned facilities currently leased by Early Learning Centres will not be included in the Plan as Council has approved a process to determine its future involvement (13 December 2018).

Project time frame
5.9 The project involves two workstreams that are interconnected. The development of a Network Plan and the consideration of potential facility opportunities identified by Council (see section 5.1 of this report).
5.10 Information on the identified facilities will be available to Council in order to inform any debate at the conclusion of the 2019/2020 Annual Plan process in June 2019. Any Council decisions on these facilities in the Annual Plan process will inform and update the Draft Network Plan which will then be finalised for Council consideration prior to September 30 2019. Conversely the emerging findings of the Network Plan will be used to inform the advice provided to Council on the identified facilities.
5.11 The table below summarises the key outputs and dates:

Project Output (Date)

  • Initiate background research, project plan including timelines and milestones (29 October 2018)
  • Finalise project team and engage contractors (13 December 2018)
  • Update and finalise a detailed project plan with timelines and milestones (15 February 2019)
  • Update SCDH Committee (6 March 2019)
  • Community Board engagement (March 2019)
  • Information report on non-Council facilities and their availability (March 2019)
  • Individual draft feasibility assessments for Shirley, Okains Bay and Burwood-Avondale-Dallington facilities (March 2019)
  • First Draft Network Plan available (will have gaps) (Late April 2019)
  • Draft Business Cases for Shirley, Okains Bay and Burwood-Avondale-Dallington facilities (May 2019)
  • Information from Draft network Plan and draft facility feasibility/business cases used to inform officer comment on Annual Plan submissions (April –May 2019)
  • Report to SCDH Committee covering the Draft Network plan and feasibility and business cases (if applicable) for the four identified facilities (5 June 2019)
  • Council consideration of facilities as part of the Annual Plan in the context of the draft Network Plan (June 2019)
  • Present report Draft Network Plan and recommendations to the Council for consideration and decision, primarily on community engagement (18 July 2019)
  • Present Draft Network Plan to the Council for consideration and adoption
    (26 September 2019)

Network Update
5.12 The project team will provide an update on Council’s current suite of community facility assets, their condition and fitness for purpose.
5.13 The project team will provide an update on Council’s partnership approach to activating community facilities.

Facility Update
5.14 The project team will provide an update on progress on four facility opportunities as of, namely:
· Dallington-Avonside-Burwood
· Shirley
· Okains Bay
· Multicultural Centre.

Richmond Community Needs Analysis


“The Board and Governance Team see Richmond as a priority area, the research is to look at the strengths, needs and gaps of the area.
Once the research is completed the findings will be presented to the Community Board.
Scope of study: Aims and Objectives
The aim of the research is to develop a profile of the Richmond community and their needs in terms of current and future recreation, sports, arts and health and social service provision
Specifically, the research will fulfil the following objectives:
(a) Provide an accurate demographic profile of Richmond and identify future demographic trends of this community, drawing on 2018 Census data.
(b) Create a profile of existing recreation, sports and arts and social and health agencies in the community.
(c) Profile residents’ existing access to recreation, parks, sports, arts, health and social services and potential future demand for these services, focusing especially on the way residents are interfacing with Council assets and services: what is working well, and what would make this community better.
(d) Develop a document that will assist with future planning for Richmond, taking into account barriers to access, and future patterns of access fort different services.
(e) Gaps and issues in existing provision of services will be identified.
(f) Gather information that can inform future uses of the former Shirley Community Centre site.”
Email from Papanui-Innes Community Board, 2 November 2018.

“15. Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Area Report – November 2018
5. Significant Community Issues, Events and Projects in the Board Area
5.4 Richmond Community Needs Analysis Survey
A contract has been let to independent social researcher, Sarah Wylie, to undertake a Community Needs Analysis for Richmond.
The research will:
– Provide a demographic profile of Richmond using 2018 Census data when it is available
– Profile existing recreation, sports, arts, social service and health agencies in the community and predict future demand, including any barriers to access, gaps in services and how residents are interfacing with Council assets and services
– Gather information to inform decisions on the future use of the Shirley Community Centre site.”
– Link: 14 November 2018