Siouxland Libraries Top 10 Wins of 2013

  1. New Prairie West Branch Library. The new 15,700-square-foot Prairie West Branch Library opened August 6 to great acclaim. Located at the corner of Discovery and 26th Streets, the branch brings long-anticipated service to this west side neighborhood. The location is shared with great neighbors in Discovery Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Memorial Park, and community gardens.
  2. Automated Materials Handling Equipment. This state-of-the-art equipment enhances the return and handling of materials; the equipment checks in the materials and sorts the items into bins from a conveyor for faster service and increased efficiencies. This allows staff to concentrate efforts on more direct customer service and programming. Both library staff and customers benefit from the special City Council funding for this project.
  3. Radio Frequency Identification. The entire Siouxland Libraries material collection was converted from bar codes to radio frequency identification. New checkout stations were installed for faster, more efficient customer checkout with new options for fee payments and more.
  4. Circulation Record. In 2013, customers checked out 2,209,687 items for a value of $44,193,740 if purchased individually. This is a 7.5% increase in circulation.
  5. Increased Program Offerings by 27%. Staff organized or presented 2,132 programs for more than 56,000 attendees. Summer Reading Club participation increased 6.5% and included a new component for Wee Readers for parents and children under age 2.
  6. Zinio Digital Magazine Service. This electronic resource provides customer access to more than 100 digital magazines for reading and downloading on multiple devices.
  7. Wi-Fi at All Rural Branches. All locations are now providing wireless access for customers using laptops and other devices to access numerous library resources. We also added computer scheduling software.
  8. Early Literacy and After School Edge Computer Stations. Six branches added Early Literacy and After School Edge Computer Stations. Geared to children ages 2‒8 and children ages 6‒12, the educational software programs span all areas of learning and support our efforts for reading success for all children.
  9. National Programming Here in South Dakota. Siouxland Libraries received one of 50 competitive national grants for “America’s Music: A History from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” and a second national grant for “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.” In addition to the programs offered, the library also received collections of related materials available for checkout.
  10. Tenth Anniversary of Brandon Branch. The Brandon Community Library is an example of a partnership with the City of Brandon, Brandon Valley High School, and Siouxland Libraries. With community grant support, the meeting room and children’s area were remodeled for greater access and services.