So with all this coming together, what stands out as the best of 2012 at the City Library of Salt Lake City located at 210 East 400 South?
Julianne Hancock, Manager of Communications and Library Innovation, tells us her favorite for the year are the Volunteers of America.
Volunteers of America
Since this past summer, at no cost to taxpayers, 3 volunteers from the Volunteers of America are always on duty at the Main Library. As it is a public building, the homeless are as welcome as any of the public. Many services are offered at the library to help the homeless improve their lives. However, there can be the expected conflicts between the homeless and other citizens that cause some members of our city to feel uncomfortable about utilizing the library.
The volunteers are well-versed in de-escalation and are there to help the homeless meet their needs whether through Social Services or other agencies. There is also the back-up of fusion teams of the police. These are bike cops who often already know the homeless on a first-name basis and are aware of their individual issues.
The combination of these resources has made the City Library a palpably more comfortable and equitable place for all Salt Lake City citizens.
Going down from the administrative offices on Level 5 to Level 4 where the Gallery and Special Collections are located, Steve Pfeiffer had a toss-up for the best of 2012 between a presentation on Urban Biking and the author of “1491” and “1493” – Charles Mann.
On Level 3 where you will find the Languages and Literacy Collections, Manager Lisa Curt pointed to the Job & Careeer Accelerator as the best of 2012. It is a database that can help with resumes, interview skill and to search for jobs.
On Level 2 where the Alternative Press Collection is found, Lenore Lewis, who has been with the Salt Lake City Public Library system for 55 years named the continuing work with seniors as her personal choice for best of 2012.
At the Canteena on Level 2, Donnae Tidwell’s favorite for 2012 was a tie between the databases and downloadables noting that e-book checkouts are sky-rocketing.
On Level 1, the browsing level for popular materials, Paul Reynolds at the information desk for AV also had a tie for the best of 2012 between two local filmmakers screening their shots in August. Samuel Hanson did “When We Were Very Young” and Amanda Madden did “The Thing I Want to Tell You”.
The staff at City Library really set the bar high in 2012. They have taken the challenge of a very rough economy and uncertain times and have met the challenge by streamlining and more specifically meeting the needs of Salt Lake City.
The plans are in place and rolling for 2013 but it will be fascinating to see the creative expressions of this staff as they meet the unknown challenges of 2013.