Library board will begin creating strategic plan

Renovation of Alfred Dickey Library

May 5th, 2016

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors unanimously approved signing a contract with a local architect to help create a strategic plan to renovate Alfred Dickey Library in the coming years at Monday’s special meeting.

The board will be working with Joel Davy of JLG Architects, which has various locations in North Dakota.

By summer 2017, Stutsman County and Alfred Dickey libraries will have to be at least 25,000 square feet combined, said Joe Rector, library director. This dimension is determined by the state and is based off of Stutsman County’s population. Currently, the two libraries are about 16,500 square feet combined.

If the library doesn’t meet this standard, it will be ineligible to receive grants from the state. Rector said in the last eight to nine years, the library has received approximately $50,000 in grants annually from the state.

The board wants to create a strategic plan to provide a thought-out plan for renovations in the coming years.

"(A strategic plan is) something that we need to work towards, not something that we can solve immediately, but the thing is if we have an opportunity to move forward, we need to have the information ready to go," Rector said.

Other elements to the plan will include a site plan, parking plan, a business plan and financial information, Rector said.

In other business, the board unanimously approved air tickets and hotel costs for Rector and board member Roger Parsons to travel to Ohio in June to check out the new bookmobile.

"This has been something that’s recommended by other libraries that have purchased bookmobiles," Rector said. "They'e said that a lot of potential errors and what not have been averted because they went and visited the bookmobile while it was being constructed."

In November, the board approved a $230,860 bid from OBS Inc., a company that makes specialty vehicles based in Ohio. The bookmobile is set to be in Jamestown by the end of this summer, Rector said.

Source: Jamestown Sun

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