Library council plans weekend phone survey |

Library council plans weekend phone survey

Residents who care about the future of libraries in Nevada County should take the time to answer a few questions for a phone survey being conducted this weekend.

About 500 people in Nevada County will be telephoned and asked questions aimed to reveal the public’s priorities, needs and support for library services, hours and usage.

The professional survey is being conducted for the Nevada County Blue Ribbon Library Council, which the Nevada County Board of Supervisors created about one year ago, to evaluate and recommend long-term funding options for the underfunded county library system.

The council has contracted with J. Crotty and Associates of San Diego to conduct and evaluate the survey for $12,000.

Stephen Casper, chairperson of the Nevada County Blue Ribbon Library Council, is the group’s only Truckee representative. Casper said the survey will include questions about general county services, library funding measures, perceptions of the library, and what people would like to see at the library.

After the survey is conducted and evaluated, the library council will make recommendations for the library system to the board of supervisors in December.

“It (the survey) will give us a real handle on how we target our recommendation,” Casper said, adding that the library council members wanted to know what the voters would like to see in terms of library service and funding alternatives.

According to Casper, the county library system – which includes four libraries – needs more than twice its current funding of $500,000. The council has determined that an adequate level of funding would be $1.3 million, Casper said.

Of the four libraries in the county, one is in Truckee, one is in Grass Valley and two are in Nevada City, where the second facility is a historical library.

Funding for the survey will come from a variety of sources. The Town of Truckee and the Friends of the Truckee Library have committed $1,000 for the survey, according to Casper.

Other entities helping to pay for the survey include Nevada County, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Library Foundation, Friends of the Nevada County Library, Citizens Library League and individual donors.

The board of supervisors initially voted against funding the survey, but following the town and city governments’ financial commitments to the project, the supervisors voted to contribute $3,000.

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