Operating a great library starts with an understanding of what patrons want, what you can offer and how the two intersect. With libraries expanding well beyond their traditional dynamic, LS&S helps libraries with detailed assessments of areas of excellence and opportunities for innovation, enhanced community engagement and streamlined library operations.
Through comprehensive analysis of your library’s facilities, LS&S offers a thorough profile detailing the state of the building’s infrastructure, the external image conveyed and the efficiency and use by the community. LS&S also reviews the practicality of special purpose areas and back-office space, security measures, feasibility to add technology and other services, as well as utility consumption. The end result is a thoughtful evaluation you can use to plan your library’s future.
Leveraging interviews, focus groups, surveys, on-site assessments and community analytics, LS&S examines every aspect of how a library runs. From reviewing programs and attendance to evaluating trends in budget, staffing, door count, hours of operation, and funding. Not limited to hard data, LS&S assists with community building by exploring the state of the library’s relationships with community stakeholders such as Friends of the Library to provide pathways to greater engagement. The depth of the LS&S assessment enables libraries to fine tune operations and ensure optimal efficiency.
Using a multi-step methodology, LS&S reviews nine key areas of library technology, including patron and staff computing, infrastructure, networking, security, Library Management System integration and support. The analysis outlines library best practices and identifies cost-saving opportunities while mapping a framework for budgeting and investing in the technology required for today’s library.
Library collections are part science and part art that take into account the nuances of each community along with broader trends across the nation.
LS&S supports this by determining how well a library’s collection serves the community. Starting with an evaluation of initial profiles and baselines of current catalogs, LS&S overlays national trends to find the best proportion of genres, titles, and inventory. With the collections assessment libraries get clear steps to minimize wait lists, maximize circulation and make the best use of shelf space.