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Library Resources Equity Policy

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:07:41 -0700

The City of San Diego recently faced a similar challenge as is now facing
Menlo Park -- specifically library resource equality.

In short, a SD City auditor found that "library resources [weren't]
distributed equitably...and part of the blame [went to] a 'matching funds'
policy for donations." Libraries in wealthy areas were being built up
whereas those in poorer areas were falling behind. In response, the Library
agreed to adopt the auditor's recommnedations that the San Diego's Library
Director should:


   - Develop and document a resource model that will evaluate resource
   equity between branches and the SDPL.
   - Take action to address any resource equity issues identified between
   branches
   - Develop SDPL guidance that requires the resource model to be updated,
   results reviewed, and appropriate action taken based upon the results
   annually.

You can read the details in the attached report. The recommendations are on
page 29.

Would it be possible for Council to make the issue of library resource
equity a formal agenda topic at a future meeting? Discussion of this
important topic could lead to a formal policy being established and/or an
ordinance that would include the yearly reporting and transparency aspect.
I think a discussion leading to a motion is needed as general guidance from
Council (even if you all seem to agree) may not be interpreted as a policy
direction that City staff should now follow.

Lynne Bramlett


Received on Thu Aug 17 2017 - 19:10:33 PDT

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