I’ve been thinking a lot about transparency this year. It might have to do with the term becoming a buzz word of some sorts, or maybe because the ongoing discussion concerning Wikileaks in news media. A huge part of me, however, thinks that I came to the conclusion that as a public employee I have an obligation to inform my community about what I’m doing. Nonetheless, I approached creating a 2010 year in review for the Portland Public Teen Library with this idea in mind.
The one thing I realized about annual reports as I created this one was that they can often times be a bit heavy on the positive stuff. With that in mind, I’d like to add a few things that I will be aiming to change in the Teen Library in 2011.
Create a Teen Advisory Board. Involve them in the creation of programs, collection development, and the creation of the year in review.
Have a fail section in the year in review. What didn’t work at the library and why? What can the Teen Library do to improve
A in depth look at how the teen materials and programming budget was spent. Where did the money go? How were grants effectively used?
Stats are good, but be more in depth about the breakdown of age/gender/target audience using the teen library.