Through its grants and ongoing fundraising, the Foundation supports all branches in their work as community centers for literacy and knowledge and providing safe places for children to study and explore.
Besides providing much-needed funds for individual libraries, the Foundation also provides system-wide support for the San Luis Obispo County Library including:
- A public awareness campaign in 2003-2004 called “Your Library – Check it Out;”
- Providing matching funds for a year-long cardholder and market study by OrangeBoy, a research and strategic advice company who specializes in libraries. OrangeBoy captured demographics, behaviors and values of the library’s cardholders, and performed customer satisfaction interviews and surveys throughout 2012 and 2013. The information gathered provided valuable information on usage trends and ongoing customer needs that will allow the SLO Library to better prioritize future projects and create an effective business plan;
- Providing funds in 2014 to purchase a new RTI Eco-Master disc polisher. In the first six months of its use, library staff removed scratches on 421 CDs and 813 DVDs, Blue-rays and videogames that were unplayable, saving $26,790 in replacement costs and thousands of dollars in staff time. Steve Kinsey, Audiovisual Services Coordinator for the Library, had the following comments: “The AV staff cannot express how happy we are that we are not tied to the old machine for hours per week. Volunteers who had been helping to polish discs are now deployed to help with re-shelving materials and other patron friendly tasks. Repaired discs are flowing back to library shelves much quicker.”
The Foundation thanks all of the generous donors – individuals, businesses and community groups – who have made this support possible.