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Greetings, Team Library!

It’s “been a minute” since our last edition of the staff newsletter. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and that your time off allowed you to refresh and reset for the adventures ahead.

2024 has been undoubtedly a time of transition for SJCPLS. Transition can be unsettling, but it is also an opportunity to reflect and move forward, laying a stronger foundation for what will follow. So, let’s consider our transition from a few other perspectives:

  • Successes
    Customer Service – SJCPLS staff take great pride in customer service to our users, residents, and non-residents.
    Programming – Residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of youth and adult programming opportunities in our libraries and the community.
    Accessibility – SJCPLS patrons have 24/7 access to library resources through our website.
  • Trends
    New Collections – SJCPLS staff constantly research new resources to add to our collections. Patron suggestions and community collaborations introduced items such as hotspots, the Library of Things, and limited state park passes.
    New Services and Service Outlets – SJCPLS staff constantly research new services and service models to address patron needs and expectations better while complying with legal and fiscal constraints.
  • Areas for Potential Change
    Strengthening SJCPLS’ collections
    Expanding public service hours
    Increased participation in community outreach events
    Increased off-site library programming

As I mentioned, your co-workers are experiencing the same thoughts and concerns as you. We often have no idea what is happening in someone else’s life, and a warm greeting or friendly conversation goes a long way to making everyone on your team feel included and appreciated. We recently acknowledged Random Act of Kindness Week. It often seems like our world lacks kindness, and we could all use more of it. I hope you’ll go out of your way to say or do something kind for your co-workers or someone else.

Let’s continue celebrating our successes and taking steps forward to make SJCPLS even more relevant and sustainable for our communities!

Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System