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Phil Heikkinen, Library Director

The Orcas Island Library: new plans

In 2010 the Library conducted a new community-based planning process, updating and in some respects replacing the previous long-range plan adopted in 2005. One can find both plans on our website and compare the priorities for each. While continuing to feature our emphasis on maintaining a strong core collection, we are also expanding our efforts towards supporting learners and providing a community forum.

We have also created a new survey asking people for their ideas about how best to implement this new plan. We'll be gathering this input throughout the month of July. This builds on previous surveys gathered in 2009.

Based on enthusiastic use and feedback, we have decided to extend our noon to 3 pm Sunday hours test through the rest of the year, and very likely will make them part of our regular weekly schedule.

The Crossroads lecture series completed its third season in May, with both consistent attendance of over 100 people at each event and increasing financial stability based on generous community support.

We continue to make changes to our website and to try out new online resources in looking for the right blend of consistency, freshness, and overall relevance. For example, our new subscriptions to Ancestry.com (for genealogy) and Consumer Reports have seen increasing use, while we also continue to offer such resources as Oxford English Dictionary online and the Auto Repair Reference Center.

We are also extending the functionality of the Whole Islands Catalog to document the range and depth of individuals' skills in the San Juans, adding the Sustainable Orcas Island Wiki, and working with others in the County to offer a database of nonprofits. We are seeing strong interest in such functions as ridesharing and trading goods and services.

We have copies of our latest update brochure, survey results, and long-range plan both online and in paper at our service desk. Thanks for visiting us and for offering your ideas about library services!

Phil Heikkinen, Library Director
376-4985 or pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org

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Phil Heikkinen joined the Orcas Island Public Library as Library Director in September, 2004. Prior to coming to Eastsound, Phil was the Library Director at the Show Low Public Library in Show Low, Arizona. Before moving to Show Low, he held several positions at the Tucson-Pima Public Library in Tucson, Arizona: Public Services Librarian and Unit Manager, Systems Analyst, and Systems Coordinator. His experiences also took him to Lewis & Clark Public Library in Helena, Montana, the University of Michigan, and the Western Archeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, Arizona.

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Phil is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Idaho and earned his Masters of Library Science from the University of Arizona. Phil and his wife, Ellen, live in Eastsound with their daughters Maya and Emma.

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