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Geneva library to seek community survey of services, space

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 10:39 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Geneva Library board Thursday agreed to seek requests for proposals to survey the community on what it wants in a library.

Acting director Marilyn Boria recommended that the board use a company that will provide a statistically valid measure of the current building at 127 James St. in terms of what it can and cannot do.

The survey would cover various aspects, including the building’s good points and limitations, services, collections and the building itself, officials said.

“These are all the possible components you could put in a [request for proposals] and divide it into two or three surveys,” Boria said. “This would be a statistically valid surveys of what people want, what are they satisfied with and what they are not satisfied with.”

Boria said surveys would also tell them what works and doesn’t work as a building. 

“So if you are deciding whether to add on or stay in this building ... [that] would be real important,” Boria said.

Officials tried to buy property as a new library site, but backed out because of an environmental report. Currently, officials have the right of first refusal for the former Sixth Street School property, owned by Kane County. Both the library and county have hired appraisers for the property and expect to talk about it by the end of March.

“Ultimately we want ... to understand what our current situation is, in terms of what the community wants and what we are able to provide here,” trustee Susan Shivers said. “And find what is the desired performance and where is the gap and how do we close it.”

The board also agreed to meet twice a month, at the second Thursday, as well as the fourth Thursday in April and May. Boria recommended the second meeting to give board members enough time to work on hiring a new director.

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