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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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As previously stated, WALNET is a consortium. Contrary to the perception of some,
WALNET is supplementary and not overarching in the role it plays in the region. That
is, WALNET does not govern the provision of library services in the region. Rather, it
facilitates cooperative activities and endeavors amongst library service providers in the
region, namely three, at this time: the WWPL, the RLD, and the WWCCL.

WALNET, like any consortium, is as strong as its member libraries. For WALNET to be
its most effective, the member libraries have to be stable and sufficiently funded to be

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viable as entities in their own right. A consortium is not a substitute for library service; it
facilitates cooperation amongst viable entities.

For now, WALNET plays a very limited though extremely important practical role in
supporting library services in the region as the provider of an automated system that
enables all residents of the region to search once to locate library materials. The
WALNET members share the cost of the automated system. The out-of-pocket budget
in 2011 is about $27,000.

WALNET has the potential to provide more than it currently provides if the signatories to
the agreement are able and willing. In fact, the WALNET Agreement could be
amended to provide a fully consolidated library system for Walla Walla County. This is
discussed in the Options Section of this report. However, this alternative in and of itself
would not solve the underfunding of public libraries in the area.

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