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1 1 presented by Keith Washburn, MLS Library Dean, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio and Janet Y. Stoffer, MSLS Director, Elyria Public Library System Elyria, Ohio The Mouse and the Elephant: Vision & Determination Yield Success!

2 2 “Take-Away” Goals 1.Why did we decide to partner? Whose Idea was it? What mutual benefits were expected? 2.What does the new Library look like and how is it organized? 3.What were some of the issues we confronted on our journey and how did we resolve them?

3 3 “…in any such partnership would the public library be the mouse, or minor partner, overshadowed by the college’s elephant?

4 4 “…by working together we can offer a unique library and cultural resource to the community that is more than just the sum of its parts, and which brings real life to the idea of lifelong learning for our entire Lorain County Community.”

5 5 Barbara and Mike Bass Library/Community Resource Center

6 6 North Branch Library’s “Living Room”

7 7 North Branch Library’s Fireplace

8 8 Spiral Stairway

9 9 “Main Street”

10 10 2 nd Floor looking north at Information Commons and group studies.

11 11 Green Roof

12 12 POTENTIAL “DEAL-BREAKERS” Funding Sharing Space Technology Issues Operational Issues Policy Issues

13 13 Whereas, the mission of Elyria Public Library System is to be the community doorway to lifelong learning and a center of ideas and culture for all people; and Whereas, the mission of Lorain County Community College is to serve a culturally diverse community promoting education, economic, cultural and community development. The College encourages lifelong learning through accessible and affordable academic, career-oriented and continuing education; and Whereas, the missions of the Elyria Public Library System and Lorain County Community College are complementary and synergistic; and Whereas, the development of a new Library/Community Resources Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College creates unique partnership opportunities to meet the expanding expectations and needs of our community for learning, access to technology and personal growth and development; and PARTNERSHIP RESOLUTION Elyria Public Library System and Lorain County Community College

14 14 Whereas, the opportunity exists to provide shared resources and finding a niche in contributing to our communities as a guiding support for information literacy; and Whereas, the Board of Trustees of the Elyria Public Library System and the District Board of Trustees of Lorain County Community College eagerly seek the development of a joint partnership in anticipation of the new Library/Community Resources Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Now, therefore be it resolved, in demonstration of this commitment, Elyria Public Library System and Lorain County Community College do hereby agree to continue exploration and refinement of a partnership. PARTNERSHIP RESOLUTION continued

15 15 OUR “MISSIONS” Lorain County Community College, an innovative leader in education, economic, community and cultural development, serves as a regional catalyst for change in a global environment through accessible and affordable academic and career-oriented education, lifelong learning, and community partnerships. Offering unlimited possibilities of lifelong learning for all.

16 16 Lorain County, Ohio Local Funding State Funding

17 17 We also share: ●LCCC Campus in EPLS in Elyria Service District ●Service beyond borders ●Library Card for all Ohio residents ●Dewey Decimal System ●Loan Periods

18 18 POTENTIAL “DEAL-BREAKERS” ● Funding ~ Who pays for what? ● Sharing Space ◊ Location of the Public Library within the building ◊ Parking for Public Library Patrons ◊ How will the collections co-exist? ●Technology Issues ◊ Two Disparate ILS: Sirsi/Clevnet & Innovative Interfaces ◊ Library cards

19 19 Operational Issues ◊ Hours of Public Library Operation ◊ Staffing Questions Policy Issues ◊ Philosophy of Reference service ◊ Unattended Children POTENTIAL “DEAL-BREAKERS” continued

20 20 …from that day forth the elephant and the mouse would be the best of friends. And to this day, that is the truth. ~A tale from India

21 21 CONTACT INFORMATION Keith Washburn Library Dean Lorain County Community College 1005 North Abbe Road Elyria, Ohio Janet Stoffer Director Elyria Public Library System 320 Washington Ave. Elyria, Ohio


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