I am the back room of a small rural library in Colorado. OK I am
actually a person, but working in a small (did I mention understaffed) library
means my job is all things associated with the back room: cataloging,
accounting, book processing, acquisitions, technology, toilet plunging... Yup.
Jack of all trades.
To make the most of our limited situation, we try a lot of
things. Some succeed, some never take off, some fail miserably, some
revolutionize how we do business.
Libraries have been quite successful using wish lists to expose their needs. When a community member sees something tangible they can donate, such as a printer or a bookshelf, they often feel motivated to help out. This is not a new idea. At the Rural Library Sustainability Workshop, libraries shared stories of televisions, paint, art supplies, and other commodities community members donated.