Siouxland Libraries Top 10 Wins

  1. Record Circulation: People are using the library in record numbers with 2,366,882 items borrowed in 2017, a 5.5 percent increase over 2016. For the second year in a row, this breaks the record for the most items ever borrowed from Siouxland Libraries.
  2. Online Payments: Customers can now pay library fees online by credit card, debit card, or PayPal. In addition to payments, customers can use the online library 24 hours a day/seven days a week to search the catalog, place requests, check out and use eBooks , download audiobooks, stream movies and music—all with a library card available free to residents of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County.
  3. Interior Improvements at Brandon Library: New carpet, fresh paint, and a new layout were installed in August to refresh the Brandon Community Library. Built in 2003, the shared public school facility received its first major renovation. The updates include a larger children’s area, more student seating, and a focal point for new materials.
  4. Highlights @ Siouxland Newsletter: Launched in August, a monthly newsletter is emailed to more than 20,000 library customers. “Highlights @ Siouxland” features the top branch programs each month, along with unique library services. The newsletter links to the Library’s website where readers can find more information and register for events.
  5. Family Place Libraries Designation: In May, the Downtown Library received certification as a Family Place Library™. Family Place Libraries™ transform libraries into community centers for early literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support, and community connectivity helping to ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Downtown Library fulfills this mission with its Parent/Child Workshops and specially designed spaces, including the Wee, Play, and Read Room, which offers age-appropriate toys, puzzles, and books for little ones to explore.
  6. Improved Internet Access: Public computers at all locations were upgraded to operate through Virtual Desktop Interface, a streamlined management of computers that allows easy software upgrades. Wireless Internet towers were installed at the Hartford and Crooks branches, providing faster connection speeds. This project received partial funding from E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.
  7. Increased Access to Library Events and Meeting Room Reservations: Siouxland Libraries’ program and events calendar is attractive and easy to navigate with our new events and room-booking software . Customers can narrow events by branch location, type, and age group. The Communico software also offers an efficient process through which staff can assist customers wishing to reserve study or meeting rooms at Library branches.
  8. Reading Bridge Summer Tutoring: Additional branches hosted the Reading Bridge Summer Tutoring Program in summer 2017. With the expansion of the program, more than 700 children received up to eight hours of free instruction from trained reading specialists. More sessions were added to each of the Sioux Falls branches; Hartford and Garretson were new sites.
  9. Improved Website and New Mobile App: The Library’s website, www.siouxlandlib.org, was redesigned to meet requirements of responsive design. With the change, all pages of the website can now be read on computers, tablets, and smart phones. A change in vendors for the Library’s popular mobile app resulted in a product with more features that costs less. The mobile app provides easy access to library resources using mobile devices.
  10. Middle Reading Collection: Siouxland Libraries made it easier for middle school students to find books that relate directly to them. Library staff examined books in both the children’s and teen collections to identify titles for readers in grades 4 to 8. These books are now located in the “Middle Reading” collection.