Developing New Services in Difficult Times: A Case Study

PDF copy of the slides and notes from a presentation given at the Oregon Library Association’s 2012 Conference. Presenters were Karen Fischer, Youth Services Manager, and Sonja Somerville, Teen Services Librarian, from Salem Public Library.

Despite the ongoing economic crunch, Salem Public Library set and met a goal of improving service to young adults. On March 18, a dedicated teen area opened, designed by and for teens to provide a safe, out of school space for homework and recreation. The success of the Teen Scene has been driven by extensive private funding for the renovation and reallocation of resources for operations. Staff and supporters from Salem Public Library will discuss why and how, and highlight the impact of the project.