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Library Retreat … To Another Library

On June 3 we had our annual library retreat.  Normally, we use part of this day to engage in some kind of exercise that will improve library operations and then we do something fun.  This year, however, we decided to devote the whole day to a service project at the Springfield Public Library.  Like a lot of public libraries, Springfield has struggled in the last year with budget cuts and layoffs.  As a result, the staff has not been able to complete several projects.  There’s nothing we love more than a challenge, though, so we arrived bright and early at 8:30 to tackle whatever they could throw at us.

I, along with two other Reference Librarians, spent the day shifting the entire fiction collection in order to remove a row of shelving.  We didn’t quite make it all the way through the alphabet, but got close enough so that the SPL staff can finish the job.  Who knew there were so many different fiction authors!  Some of the other projects included sorting and packing summer reading kits, completing some original cataloging, mending damaged items, and staffing the circ desk in the children’s section.  In total, we donated 80 hours of work to SPL!