Educational Institutions

Jefferson County Library Cooperative Inc

  • Birmingham, AL
  • www.jclc.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County is to connect all citizens countywide by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning.

Main Programs

  1. Delivery Services to 40 Libraries in Jefferson County, AL
  2. Online Catalog System & Databases
  3. Books-By-Mail
  4. Information Technology and Internet Service
  5. Downloadable Ebooks & Eaudiobooks
Service Areas

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Alabama

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc. is the non-profit 501 (c) 3 umbrella organization which links the 40 public libraries in Jefferson County, AL with "40 Libraries . 1 County . 1 Card".  We serve the 658,466 citizens of all ages throughout Jefferson County, AL.

ruling year

1985

Executive Director since 1997

Self-reported

Mrs. Patricia Farr Ryan

Keywords

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Public Libraries, Jefferson County, AL, Library Cooperative

Notes from the Nonprofit

We do two fundraising campaigns annually. The direct mail campaign is December, and the online/social media campaign is held in May. Please view our link below.


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EIN

63-0894761

 Number

8288360817

Also Known As

Public Libraries in Jefferson County

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Public libraries in Jefferson Count (AL) serve all 658,000 citizens of the county. Our library card holders number 375,000. Our county is very proud of our "40 Libraries . 1 County . 1 Card" system. Newcomers frequently tell us they have moved from much larger cities than Birmingham, but our libraries stand out as the best they have ever used. Forty public libraries make an impact every day in the lives of our citizens. Public libraries serve as the "schoolhouse" after 3:00 nights, and weekends daily, and supplement our county's educational system. Materials circulated include downloadable audio and eBooks, books, DVDs, audios on CD, and music. Libraries are focal points in each of our communities, and serve as job search sites, providing resources and PCs, meeting places, theatres, cafes, etc. Each library provides a variety of programs for all ages, from story times to literary book clubs to gardening to poetry slams. Jefferson County public libraries make an impact in lives daily.

Last year JCLC member libraries (22 members, 40 locations) had 4,865,397 users walk through doors. Number of items checked out were 3,811,007; reference questions estimated 1,571,421; program attendance 281,816; computer users 1,445,168.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Delivery Services to 40 Libraries in Jefferson County, AL

JCLC funds the delivery vehicles that allow the transport of nearly 4 million books and media annually. This program provides deliveryd to our 40 public libraries throughout the county. We have three delivery vehicles that travel countywide six days per week. This is a very popular service and one of JCLC's most visible services.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$51,000.00

Program 2

Online Catalog System & Databases

The online catalog provides users countywide access to nearly two (2) million titles. These include books, DVDs, audio CDs, music, and downloadable audio and ebooks. Each libraries collection of materials is listed in the database, which is accessible in-library and remotely. The Catalog includes the patron/user database of 370,000 library card holders. The Alabama Virtual Library provides approximately $3 million for research databases annually statewide. Our catalog computer system also supports the databases.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$378,687.00

Program 3

Books-By-Mail

Program serves disabled and homebound citizens, mostly senior, throughout the county. Books, audio CDs, and DVDs are mailed to residents for three weeks in a mailbag. Each user when finished with the materials then sends the items back in the same bag to the Books-By-Mail center. This program, when funding was available, provided twice monthly deliveries to 20 nursing homes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$73,043.00

Program 4

Information Technology and Internet Service

The IT Dept. expenses support our member libraries PCs countywide. This incluldes all the firewalls and safety protections required for a sophisticated computer system serving 40 member libraries, 500 staff, and 1,000 PCs countywide.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$347,828.00

Program 5

Downloadable Ebooks & Eaudiobooks

Not available

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Alabama

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc. is the non-profit 501 (c) 3 umbrella organization which links the 40 public libraries in Jefferson County, AL with "40 Libraries . 1 County . 1 Card".  We serve the 658,466 citizens of all ages throughout Jefferson County, AL.

Social Media

Funding Needs

The Jefferson County, AL Commission has funded JCLC for 33 years, since 1978, until FY2012 budget. Due to Chapter 9 bankruptcy and the loss of a long time occupational tax, Jefferson County eliminated cooperative library funding from their FY2012 budget, along with major cuts in their own budget. JCLC began formally fundraising for the first time when the  first cuts began in 2009. However, donations are not able to make up the huge funding gaand each of our member libraries pays fees based on usage of the cooperative system.  JCLC began our first fund-raising efforts in 2009 when we sustained the first funding cuts from Jefferson County. However, even though our fundraising has doubled each year, it cannot make up for the funding lost. We just completed a fund development assessment and will be working toward a fund development plan, and other recommendations made by the consultant. Grants make up a small portion of our budget annually. Since 2000 JCLC has received nearly $1 million in grants mostly for PCs, computer hardware/software upgrades, but also for literacy program, and literary programs.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Library Association

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY COOPERATIVE, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Jefferson County Library Cooperative Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Patricia Farr Ryan

BIO

Ryan has served JCLC for 16 years, since 1997. Ryan, as the leader of the largest library cooperative in the state of AL, has carried JCLC through both good times and bad. When the JeffCo Commission cut 100% of funding (approximately $1 million) to JCLC in 2011, Ryan and the Board of Directors made appropriate cuts and redistributed resources to ensure that JCLC survived the financial crisis. Since the funding cuts, Ryan has led a fundraising campaigns that have brought in thousands of dollars annually from patrons of the member libraries, and grants. In 2013 Ryan secured $101,000 in capital funding from the county commission to upgrade technology for member libraries and to sustain the automation system.
Ryan was instrumental in the implementation of the 1998 Gates Library Foundation technology initiative after AL was selected as the initial site to launch this nation wide program. Ryan served as project director for JeffCo's Big Read (PR budget $65,000) which served as a pilot project for the statewide AL Reads in 2010 when she served as the financial administrator and PR coordinator for the statewide AL Reads project ($125,000). Both grants were funded by the NEA.
Ryan previously worked at the Hoover Public Library for 14 years and was part of the team that took part in planning the current state of the arts facility. She began her library career at the Birmingham Public Library in 1978. She has a masters in library service from the University of AL, and a masters in educational media from the University of Birmingham.

Honors include:
2014 Beta Phil Mu Beta Kappa Chapter - Librarian of the Year
2012 AL Assoc. of Nonprofits - Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute
2000 AL Library Assoc. Distinguished Service Award
1995 AL Library Assoc. Outstanding Youth Services Award

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Due to the loss of the Jefferson County occupational tax, the JeffCo Commission cut 100% of funding (approximately $1 million) to JCLC in 2011, Ryan and the Board of Directors made appropriate cuts and redistributed resources to ensure that JCLC survived the financial crisis. Since the funding cuts, Ryan has led a fundraising campaigns that have brought in thousands of dollars annually from patrons of the member libraries, and grants. In 2013 Ryan secured $101,000 in capital funding from the county commission to upgrade technology for member libraries and to sustain the automation system.

The cooperative began receiving funding from the Jefferson Co. Commission in 1978. Each member library pays fees as part of the cooperative, and we receive State Aid funding from the Alabama Legislature. We began soliciting and accepting donations in 2009 due to the first cuts from the county."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Deborah Y Fout

Homewood Public Library

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

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