Library Annual Reports to the City

Library ShelvesAfter the jump are the last three fiscal years’ worth of DeKalb Public Library’s annual reports.

DKPL is obligated to provide a report to the City of DeKalb within a month of the end of each fiscal year, although according to an official with the Illinois State Library it is not actually statutorily obligated to have the report received and filed by the City.

The same official was able to confirm for me that DKPL has indeed filed a copy of its latest report with ISL, which reassures me somewhat that it was not manufactured last week in response to my FOIA request.

What would be even better is if the City of DeKalb would change its policy to receive and file the reports. This would provide some evidence of Council oversight with less bother for Clerk and city staff when it comes to retrieval.

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4 thoughts on “Library Annual Reports to the City”

  1. Excellent scrutiny, Lynn! I noticed a couple things: where is the rest of the money needed to buy the Clinic property? I thought they had $1.8 squirreled away. This states only $300K accumulated. What happened to that $500K at Castle Bank?

    Also, I see the door count had a healthy increase but the items loaned remained about the same. This suggests that the public access computer usage is very important to the community, but is the library the most efficient way to deliver this resource?

    I see no breakout reporting of electronic resources and I for one am consuming a lot more books via my audioplayer, my ebook reader and in PDF format.

    Is the library tracking these trends? I’m not tolling the obsolescence of the physical book but better inventory management and reporting should be forthcoming to make an informed decision. Failure to conduct this discussion with public inclusion indicates a shameful, clandestine group think.

    Each trustee needs to look in the mirror and admit they have wronged the public in their service. Mass resignations remains the only way to restore any credibility to this ailing organizational culture.

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