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Library History

The year began with a general plan for reorganization of the first floor and an increase of display shelving. The collections were stringently weeded. The media area and the magazine area were switched. The Periodicals Workroom was transformed into the Circulation Workroom. With the advent and increase in popularity of computer full text data bases the back issues of magazines were no longer in demand and could be discarded.

Upholstered chairs were purchased and placed in a well lit area towards the back of the library. Patrons were pleased with the ambience of their new, quieter leisure reading area.

The former Circulation Workroom was renamed the Circulation Office. The telephone console was relocated to that area where a rotation of circulation clerks would staff it during all open hours. A second console was located at the Service Desk for use when staffing was tight.

The reorganization project was carefully planned by Elizabeth Dailey and Gina Fredericks and was accomplished over a year long period.

The new year also brought excitement and color to the Children’s Room walls when Chris Dahlin, former LPL page and a student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry painted a mural depicting animals and forests. The entire room took on a new excitement. The project was funded by the Senator John DeFrancisco Art and Cultural Project (via the Cultural Resources Council) and the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library. A reception honoring the artist was held on April 8.

Under the heading of “outreach” a book drop was placed in the lobby the OCC North site in Seneca Mall. Library staff checked for return items about three times per week.
Inside of the OCC North building the Computer Support Services set up a touch screen Macintosh computer which would allow OCC students to access the Liverpool Public Library from afar. The kiosk was an immediate hit.

Alan Rowoth of Computer Support Services completed the steps necessary to bring remote access to the library’s online data bases. Alan created a script enabling authentication of Liverpool Public Library card holders so that they could do research from their home computers. The Virtual Library became a reality for our patrons.

On April 12 a Community Leaders Breakfast was held. Village, town and school district administrators were invited to breakfast in the Carman Community Room so that we could thank them for their efforts in improving the Liverpool community.

The operating budget for 2000-2001 was set at $3,147,879. It included funding for two additional hours of service…an extra hour on Friday and on Sunday. The voters gave their approval by a slim margin--295 to 218. Dan D’Agostino was elected to a five year term and Joseph Spado was elected to fill the balance of an incomplete term---from April 26 through June 30, 2002--on the Board of Trustees.

The most exciting news came in May: the Liverpool Public Library had been selected by Library Journal as one of the top five libraries in the country. LPL was chosen for being a leader in adopting new ways of serving the community. In celebration of this recognition the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library funded the purchase of flowers and candy which were distributed by staff members to the visiting public.

The library received the Prime Time-Family Reading Time grant offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The programs took place during the spring.

New to the library in the spring was the arrival of the Checkpoint Self Checkout Station. Now patrons could eliminate standing in a long line and could check out their selected materials all by themselves.

Effective May 26 was the resignation of Reference Coordinator, Jeanne Biggins, who had accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar NY.

In June the Board of Trustees and the Coordinators had a retreat at the home of Director Sharon Nottingham.

Meanwhile a panel of library users, staff and community leaders had several meetings to discuss the future needs of the library. They envisioned, a technology training center, a programming site for all ages from toddler to senior, and a meeting place for community programs.

The end of July marked the resignation of Renee Romance who left to become a Library Media Specialist at Elmcrest Elementary School in Liverpool.

Ten iBooks arrived at the library in August. These portable computers were easily transported to the meeting room for use in programs and staff training. The implementation of wireless access later in the year made them even more useful. Hardware set up time was reduced to one tenth of what it had been when set ups required separate cpu’s and monitors and cables and electrical cords.

Part time reference library Marcy Shiroki retired and the position was changed from librarian to librarian Assistant at the September Board meeting.

On September 8 the library’s hours were extended. Monday through Thursday was kept at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday was lengthened by one hour, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday remained at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday was increased so that the library would open at noon until 5 p.m.

September 9 and 10 saw the second annual “Book Sale Down Under” sponsored by the Friends of the Liverpool Public Library. Once again volunteer efforts sorting books throughout the year and then working on the sale days made this venture a resounding success.

Later in September the library called on the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship to create and execute a survey of area residents on their feelings about the library and its services and funding. Volunteers made the phone calls and the university student compiled the results which were to be used as part of the library’s long range planning project.

In the fall there were three discussion sessions of Let’s Talk About It: One Vision, Many Voices: Latino Literature in the United States. Led by Dr. Orlando Ocampo of LeMoyne College, the series examined works by Aristeo Brito, Piri Thomas and others.

Project :Infrastructure took place in mid- October when Alan Rowoth, John Hibbert and Rick Fensterer remade cables and moved racks, servers and UPS. The work was accomplished in less than two days and there was little disruption to the staff and public.

On October 18 the annual Staff Merit and Performance Awards Ceremony was held. Regina Fredericks, Coordinator of Information Services was the recipient of the Merit Award for her role in planning the reorganization of the first floor. Nineteen members of the Circulation Staff shared the Performance Award. In addition several employees received awards commemorating their years of service at the library. Employees who worked ten, fifteen and twenty years were given pins. Those who had worked more than twenty years were awarded watches with the LPL logo on the face. The gifts themselves were paid for by the Friends of the Library. Library Trustee George Alessio made the presentations.

Veterans Appreciation Night was held November 8 and drew a large crowd. Seven veterans of World War II shared their experiences with the audience. The Liverpool Central Schools provided patriotic and war songs during the intermission.

Debbie Mickle was hired as the Personnel Manager, beginning December 11, superceding Glenn Rainey who moved out of state in the fall.

Librarian Assistant, Barbara Zwolak, retired in mid December