Five Things You Should Know About WCCLS
More information about WCCLS:
- WCCLS Media Releases
- WCCLS Annual Report for FY 12-13 (PDF) 2014
- Westside Voices Library Survey Summary (PDF) 2013
- WCCLS Annual Report for FY 11-12 (PDF) 2013
- Long Range Service Plan 2013-2016 2012
- RFID Conversion Project 2012
- WCCLS Annual Report for FY 10-11 (PDF) 2012
- WCCLS Funding & Governance:
A Platform for Future Action (PDF) 2009
- Funding Governance Cover Letter (PDF) 2009
- WCCLS Strategic Plan: A Shared Vision of Excellence (PDF) 2009
- Finding the Sweet Spot: New Options for Washington County Libraries (PDF) 2009
- Current Trends and Future Directions: A Look at Public Libraries. (PDF) 2009
- Five Things You Should Know About Washington County Cooperative Library Services
- WCCLS is a partnership between the County, nine cities and two non-profit organizations to provide public library service to all county residents. A “cooperative” structure like this is rather unusual in Oregon, but it was chosen as a way to link together existing public libraries and services with an overlay of county funding. This partnership started in 1976—think 70’s co-ops and sharing!
- The County does 3 things in the partnership: First, the County is the primary funding source for public library operations—about $20 million this year and about 80% of the whole WCCLS budget is distributed to member libraries for operations. Second, WCCLS provides support services that link libraries together such as the library catalog, the website, courier deliveries, Wi-Fi, e-book subscriptions, databases, interlibrary loan, publicity, youth services support and such. Third, WCCLS provides outreach to special populations including mail delivery to Homebound residents, outreach to Spanish speaking residents, early literacy training and outreach, and books for the Jail Library. WCCLS also manages the West Slope Library, which is the only county-run library in the system.
- Local determination and decision-making is a time-honored principle. Member libraries provide facilities, determine local policies, staffing, programs, hours, etc., and agree to “play well with others” by providing all borrowers the same high quality service.
- Funding: where does it come from? About 2/3 of WCCLS funding comes from the County's General Fund—it is the remnant of our serial levy that was rolled into the County’s General Fund tax base in 1998 by Ballot Measure 50. The County has continued to direct those funds to WCCLS. The other 1/3 of the money comes form the countywide local option levy. The 5-year levy was passed by voters in 2010; a proposed replacement levy is under discussion for the November 2015 ballot.
- Committees: as a “cooperative” we expect participatory decision-making! This is like a marriage of 12. The WCCLS Policy Group (the directors of the member libraries) and the WCCLS Executive Board (the Chief Administrators of the libraries) are advisory to WCCLS. The Policy Group has multiple committees to advise it on various service areas: WCCLS Users Group, Adult Services, Youth Services, and Publicity.