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Pathways to Sustainable Libraries - Walla Walla, WA

Pathways to Sustainable Libraries - Walla Walla, WA

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The purpose of this study was to identify structural models for sustainable and effective
library service in the Walla Walla area.
The purpose of this study was to identify structural models for sustainable and effective
library service in the Walla Walla area.

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Published by: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin on Jun 30, 2011
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Ruth Metz AssociatesJune 25, 2011Final Draft Report
Pathway toSustainableLibraries:Walla WallaCount WA
 
 
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CONTENTS
CONSULTANT’S NOTE 
............................................................................................................. 4 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ...........................................................................................................
THE PROJECT .......................................................................................................................................... 5THE PLAYERS .......................................................................................................................................... 5MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY .............................................................................................................. 6WHAT STAKEHOLDERS WANT .............................................................................................................. 6KEY FINDINGS CONCERNING SUSTAINABILITY ................................................................................. 6OPTIMUM MODEL .................................................................................................................................... 8ROLE OF WALNET ................................................................................................................................... 8WWPL AND RLD INTERDEPENDENCE.................................................................................................. 9CONTRACT PAYMENT TERMS .............................................................................................................. 9TRANSITION PLAN .................................................................................................................................. 9RECOMMENDATIONS ............................................................................................................................. 9
THE PROJECT .........................................................................................................................11
THE CLIENT ............................................................................................................................................ 11THE PROJECT CHARGE ....................................................................................................................... 11WALNET SERVICE AREA ...................................................................................................................... 11THE PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS ......................................................................................................... 12
THE PLAYERS .........................................................................................................................12 
THE CITY AND THE WALLA WALLA PUBLIC LIBRARY ...................................................................... 12THE WALLA WALLA COUNTY RURAL LIBRARY DISTRICT ............................................................... 13TOWN OF WAITSBURG ......................................................................................................................... 14TOWN OF PRESCOTT ........................................................................................................................... 15WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND LIBRARY ..................................................................... 15WALNET .................................................................................................................................................. 15COLUMBIA COUNTY RURAL LIBRARY DISTRICT .............................................................................. 16
KEY ISSUES RELATED TO SUSTAINABILITY ........................................................................16 
DECREASE IN LIBRARY FUNDING ...................................................................................................... 17CONFLICT OVER CONTRACT BETWEEN THE CITY OF WALLA WALLA AND THE RLD ................ 23LACK OF LIBRARY SERVICES: COLLEGE PLACE ............................................................................. 26CONFUSION ABOUT WALNET ............................................................................................................. 28COMPLEX POLICIES: THE WALNET LIBRARY CARD ........................................................................ 29$135 NON-RESIDENT FEE AT WWPL .................................................................................................. 32
OPTIONS FOR FUNDING PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN WASHINGTON .........................................33 OPTIONS FOR LIBRARY FUNDING IN WALLA WALLA COUNTY ..........................................35 RECOMMENDED MODEL: ANNEXATION TO THE RURAL LIBRARY DISTRICT...................36 
ADVANTAGES ........................................................................................................................................ 36DISADVANTAGES .................................................................................................................................. 37GOVERNANCE ....................................................................................................................................... 37FUNDING ................................................................................................................................................ 37ISSUES ................................................................................................................................................... 39
 
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THE ANNEXATION PROCESS .............................................................................................................. 41ANNEXATION AGREEMENT ................................................................................................................. 42
REGIONAL LIBRARY MODEL ..................................................................................................43 
ADVANTAGES ........................................................................................................................................ 43DISADVANTAGES .................................................................................................................................. 44GOVERNANCE ....................................................................................................................................... 44ISSUES ................................................................................................................................................... 45FUNDING ................................................................................................................................................ 45
CONTRACTUAL MODELS .......................................................................................................46 
ADVANTAGES ........................................................................................................................................ 47DISADVANTAGES .................................................................................................................................. 47ISSUES ................................................................................................................................................... 47FUNDING ................................................................................................................................................ 48ALTERNATIVE CONTRACTUAL MODEL .............................................................................................. 49WALNET AND ITS INTER-LOCAL AGREEMENT ................................................................................. 50
WALNET FUTURE ROLE .........................................................................................................51TRANSITION PLAN AND TIMELINE ........................................................................................5FORMAL ANNEXATION PROCEDURE ...................................................................................53 IN CONCLUSION .....................................................................................................................54 STUDY PROCESS ...................................................................................................................55 ABOUT THE CONSULTANT ....................................................................................................55 EXHIBIT A: WALNET MEMBER INDIVIDUAL SERVICE AREAS .............................................5EXHIBIT B: WWPL SERVICE TO THE LATINO POPULATION ................................................57 EXHIBIT C: LIBRARY DATA TABLE .........................................................................................60 EXHIBIT D: ANNEXATION GUIDE ...........................................................................................61EXHIBIT E: FIFE ANNEXATION AGREEMENT ........................................................................68 EXHIBIT F: 2011 TRUSTEE VACANCY CALENDAR ...............................................................71

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