City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

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Beginning July 1, 2019, the City of Goleta will not only be managing the Goleta Valley Library, but the Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries as well. It has been almost one year since the City took over direct management of the Goleta Valley Library in an effort to increase library services at reduced costs. Since July 1, 2018, the Goleta Valley Library has implemented new programs and services for children and adults, started a monthly e-newsletter, introduced the new Library of Things collection and opened the Jake Boysel Children’s Room.

“Goleta’s taking on management of the Goleta Valley Library has been relatively smooth,” said Mayor Paula Perotte. “I see a sense of renewed excitement when people talk about the services and resources available at our local library. And now we are excited to begin working with our neighbor libraries in the north.”

The libraries in the Santa Ynez Valley will transition from being managed by the City of Santa Barbara to being managed by the City of Goleta. Patrons currently registered at the Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez Libraries will need to get a new Santa Ynez Valley Libraries card in order to check out material or access electronic resources. The new cards will work at any public library in Santa Barbara County and are available from any of the library locations in the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as the Goleta Valley Library (500 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta) and the Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara).

To help with the transition, books and materials at all Santa Ynez Valley library locations need to be re-labeled and re-barcoded. This task has been completed at the Solvang Library, but Buellton is still in need of volunteers. Please contact Judith Dale at judith@hwy246.net if you would like to volunteer.

 
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PitMix Jun 05, 2019 09:05 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

No mention of the economics of the switch in this story. Is Goleta somehow able to do more with less, or are their salaries and benefits less than SB City salaries? Or is Goleta willing to spend more on these services? Also, how does the homeless problem at the Central Library impact all of this? It seems that librarians there are really social workers, which probably isn't that fun for them.

GF Jones Jun 05, 2019 07:30 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

I and my friends feel very lucky to have such a wonderful Goleta library. The changes there have been positive and their offerings and benefits for patrons are wonderful. It has a very cozy, comfortable feeling. I am always amazed at the availability of books that I request. In contrast, going into the SB Public Library now has a very cold, uninviting starkness, and one wonders why there aren't more books and shelves in such a large space. The main benefit there is the excellent Faulkner gallery and their art shows.

passing-by Jun 04, 2019 08:41 PM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

It's a confusing mess. Very difficult to figure out why Black Gold library cards are not completely interchangeable for all services at all member libraries. As for the questions: "what do you mean books were removed?" The current library director began work a few years with a mandate to trash ("weed the collection" in library speak) thousands of books to make room for the vast empty spaces the building now features. The current inventory at SB Central library is anemic to say the least.

lutra Jun 05, 2019 09:46 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

The librarians who told you that you couldn't pick up at Goleta with your SB card were either grossly misinformed by their supervisors (and didn't bother to verify themselves) or purposefully not telling you the truth for unknown reasons. You don't have to listen to us without proof. It's simple to verify this yourself. Just log into your account online, go to any of your requests (holds), select one, and click on "change pickup location". You'll see that you can select any library in the entire black gold system. When you first put an item on hold, you have the same exact choice of libraries (all of them).

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 08:53 PM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

Yes, the focus is on public events in the Faulkner, reading groups and so forth, including more computers for the public, all very nice, to be sure. But for those of us who love books, it's a sad place. I don't think she had a mandate to trash... but created the mandate, herself. She came from a smaller north county library where she was rather less than popular among the volunteers. Kind of surprising that four of the branch libraries have left SB and the remaining two, Carp/Montecito wished to do so. The Santa Maria Library is much more book oriented, which is quite ironic. It also has an excellent collection of newspapers/magazines and has a cafe in the front as one enters. Good to hear, Flicka, that books can be ordered from anywhere within the system and picked up anywhere. That's not what I was told. I'll check it out and see if I can order on my SB card and pick it up in Goleta.

Flicka Jun 04, 2019 04:33 PM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

I use the Carpinteria and Montecito libraries and occasionally Santa Barbara, one card does it. We can order books through Carp and they get them from other libraries in The Santa Barbara County system, sometimes they even come from Santa Maria.

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 03:03 PM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

The SB library director loves to crunch numbers, eliminate hours, demoralize staff, get rid of books in the public spaces, and does this thing with where you get/register for your library card. She does not understand the concept of a free and open library system. It should make no difference where you pick up your books or where you get your card. Online you can choose any branch for pick up. That's what the Black/Gold system is all about. Anyone from SM could request their books sent to SB. And vice versa. Someone in Atascadero could have a library card issued in Goleta, request a book be delivered to Montecito and it's all legit. She needs to go.

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 02:07 PM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

That's very interesting. I was told by employees at both Central SB and Goleta that if I switched my library card to a Goleta Library card, I could only pick up held books at Goleta. This was confirmed by an employee at the Central Library --- but that I could pick them up at Eastside, for instance. This was shortly after the change was accomplished; the employees I spoke with (three) said they thought it didn't make sense --- maybe that percolated. As for books removed, there were many more shelves of books both upstairs and on the first floor. There is now much more open space for sitting/reading and lounging. ...I asked where the books went and there was a shrug.

lutra Jun 04, 2019 11:52 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

This is NOT true. No matter which library card you have (Goleta Valley, SB, or any other library in the Black Gold Cooperative Library System), you can still choose to pick up your holds at ANY library in the entire system. The librarians at Goleta will try to tell you that if you don't have their new Goleta Valley card, then you can't pick up holds at Goleta, but this is NOT true. I have an SB card, I can still pick up holds at Goleta, and this has been the case ever since the Goleta Valley system started. When they 1st switched over, they tried to tell me that I had to switch cards to pick up holds at certain libraries, but I knew this wasn't true. And unless they actually change how the black gold website is programmed in the future, this won't change. I think one of the reasons they are trying to force people to switch cards is that they use it as some sort of metric to determine how many people use each particular branch. But really, a much better, more logical metric is how many people actually check out items and use services at each branch, regardless of which library card they happen to hold.

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 10:09 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

Clarify: if you have a Goleta Library card, you have to pick up a hold in Goleta; if you have a Santa Barbara Library card, you have to pick it up a hold in Santa Barbara. ...I used to spend quite a lot of time in the SB library before so many of the books were removed; it's not such a pleasant place to be now while Goleta Library is.

Bird Jun 04, 2019 10:10 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

Correction: if you have a Goleta Library card, you have to pick up a hold in Goleta; if you have a Santa Barbara Library card, you have to pick it up a hold in Santa Barbara. ...I used to spend quite a lot of time in the SB library before so many of the books were removed; it's not such a pleasant place to be now while Goleta Library is.

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 10:05 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

Yes, but you have to have only one library card for the Black and Gold system, I was told. And if you want to place a hold on a book, even if the book is in Goleta, you have to pick it up in Santa Barbara. ...Seems they could be more cooperative but that's not how the SB Library management rolls, which is probably why Montecito and Carpinteria also wanted to join Goleta. (They were not allowed to do so.)

a-1561572665 Jun 04, 2019 09:51 AM
City of Goleta to Manage Santa Ynez Valley Libraries

These libraries in the Valley will be much better served under the umbrella of the Goleta Library. Having a library director who understands the needs of the communities will allow for more volunteer and community input and with improved staff morale. That is not the case with the current SB library director.

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