COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
The County Library System is a division under the umbrella of the
General Services Administration (GSA). There are seven locations
throughout the County with a total staff of 19. The Main Library
in Jackson has five full-time and three part-time staff
members. In addition, there are three extra persons in Jackson
who are assisting with the library automation. There are also
fifty volunteers who assist the library staff. The Amador City,
Ione, Pine Grove, and Plymouth libraries each have one
part-time person. The 1999-2000 County Library System budget is
$634,095 with $40,633 in revenue for the period July 1999 to
March 2000 of which $36,848 comes from the State Library Trust
The County Library System participates in a book exchange program
with other libraries along the Highway 49/99 corridor. Books,
periodicals, tapes, and other materials requested by County
patrons are delivered daily from Stockton. This program enables
the County Library System to provide books and other related
items not on local library shelves.
A tie-in to an automated system was purchased with funds from a
$10,000 grant. This system will assist the staff in providing
control over it's resources (books, periodicals, audio and visual
tapes and other materials), identifying and collecting of
fines for overdue books and generating management reports.
"Friends of the Library," a non-profit organization, is dedicated
to supporting the needs and services of the Library. They assist
by raising needed funds through book sales and other fund-raising
events and actively promote gift giving through
memorials and group communications.
- Library Administrator
- Branch Library Assistants, except Pioneer and Plymouth
1999-2000 Final County Budget
- County job descriptions for all library-related
- Amador County Library Computer Policy
- Schedule of Library hours for all locations
All Libraries except Amador City and Plymouth
The Main Library building is too small for current usage.
- The County Library System has a weekly circulation of
books, audio and video tapes, periodicals and other materials,
that is estimated to be between 1500 and 1750 items.
- Data input for the new automated library system is 80%
completed, with 100% expected in June 2000.
- Jackson has six computers dedicated to patrons' use and
five for staff. In addition, there are eight obsolete computers
that are not in use. Ione has one computer (but no printer)
which is not on a network. There are no computers in the other
branches. The 1999-2000 Budget contains funds for three computers to
be used in the branches. These computers are allocated for use
by both the public and library staff and are expected to be
delivered, installed, and on-line in June 2000. Funds for three
additional computers have been requested.
- The library staff has received some computer training
but lacks the skill and technical knowledge for operating and
maintaining them. Problems occur on a daily basis and staff must
request assistance from the County Data Processing Division,
resulting in downtime.
- Facilities needing attention are:
Jackson; the lighting in the reading room is poor, door to
outside storage locker is damaged, additional parking is needed,
cardboard boxes stacked at rear door, and staff working area
behind the public area is cramped.
- Pine Grove; library is located in the rear of the town
hall and not visible from the street, isolating the Librarian.
There is a serious parking problem for those wishing to use the
- Plymouth; restroom needs cleaning.
- Sutter Creek; library is located in the rear of a
building on a floor that is partially underground and cannot be
seen from the street, isolating the Librarian. Parking space is
limited, and there is one entry/exit door that opens inward.
- The Library Administrator conducts weekly staff meetings
in Jackson, but rarely do the branch librarians attend. The
Administrator visits the branches weekly. In-service training is
held from two to four times annually.
- Each Branch Librarian submits a monthly report providing
information such as number of patrons, circulation of resources,
number of cases where assistance was given to the patrons, etc.
This information aids the Administrator in managing that location.
- The Amador City Branch is open one day per week for four
and one-half hours with approximately 5 patrons weekly.
The Main Library facility needs to be expanded or relocated.
- The practice of stacking combustible material at the
rear door at the Jackson location presents a fire hazard and an
open invitation for vandalism.
- The overhead lighting in the reading room of the Jackson
location needs updating and the door to the storage shed needs
- The door that opens inward and is used for both entry
and exit at the Sutter Creek location presents a safety hazard in
the event of fire or other emergencies.
- The restroom at the Plymouth location needs thorough
- The Librarians at the Pine Grove and Sutter Creek
locations need a means of alerting authorities in the event of an
emergency when the telephone is not an option.
- By not including the Branch Librarians in weekly staff
meetings, the opportunity for them to contribute and learn from
the resolutions of issues and problems, that other librarians
have faced, is being missed.
- More computer training and hands-on computer use is
needed for those staff members who assist the public with
- A part-time Microcomputer Technician is needed on-site
to support the Library's computers used by the public.
- The Amador City Branch Library is not cost-effective.
- Obsolete computers need to be removed, freeing valuable
space for other usage.
Conduct a study to determine the options for relocating or
expanding the Main Library.
- Reverse the entry/exit door at the Sutter Creek Branch
so that it opens out.
- Discontinue the practice of leaving combustible material
outside the rear door at the Jackson facility.
- Update the overhead lighting in the patrons' reading
area and repair the door to the outside storage locker at the
- Clean the restroom at the Plymouth Branch.
- Install an alarm system to improve employee safety at
the Pine Grove and Sutter Creek Branches.
- The Branch Librarians should participate in staff
meetings. Reduce the Administrator's visits to the branches.
- Provide staff with additional computer training and
encourage daily use.
- Assign a Microcomputer Technician to the library part
- Assess the need for a Library Branch in Amador City and
take appropriate action.
- Dispose of all obsolete equipment throughout the County
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