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4/4/2013 6:00:00 AM
Angius: Kingman library needs a different approach

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius wants to try something new with the redesign of the Kingman branch of the Mohave County Library.

During Monday's meeting, Angius suggested using the needs assessment the county did for the new Bullhead City Library as a template for the shell of the building and creating a committee made up of local residents and county staff to determine what Kingman residents really want in their library.

A needs assessment would be used to determine if Kingman needs a new library or if the existing one needs to be expanded.

"I think people who use the library should have a say in what they want in a new one," Angius said.

The county paid approximately $60,000 for the needs assessment for the Bullhead City Library that the residents don't really like, Angius said. Now, the county wants to pay $65,000 for a needs assessment for the Kingman branch.

The Bullhead City Library has a "modern industrial" look to it with open ceilings that show ductwork and pipes. The outside is a burnt orange color with a large metal wave with "Mohave County Library" printed on it.

"It looks like a warehouse. It's cold," Angius said.

"I know that may not seem like much to the county, but to me that's a lot of money. I think we have all the knowledge we need right here," Angius said, holding up a copy of the Bullhead needs assessment.

District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson pointed out that a needs assessment is supposed to collect comments from the public and staff about what services and items they want in a new building and gather information on how much space the county needs to plan for to accommodate growth.

"If the Bullhead branch is not up to the community's standards then it's their fault," Johnson said. "I think we need the technical support this provides."

A committee made up of community members and staff could make mistakes that could cost the county money, he said. Johnson pointed to a news story he read about a library that had to be retrofitted because a committee hadn't taken into account the weight of the books.

"This is more about what the library needs inside," Angius said. The Bullhead City needs assessment didn't gather enough information from the community about what it wanted inside, she said.

Acting County Administrator Mike Hendrix agreed that the Bullhead Library assessment was heavy on the technical info and light on the people aspect. However, it was still important to have a professional firm complete a needs assessment so that the county has something to hand to the construction firm.

"If this doesn't work out we can always go back and hire someone," Angius said.

The Board voted 4 to 1 to create a committee to look at the needs of the library.

Johnson voted no.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

May I suggest, since we are all on the internet anyways why not just have one of the county computor techs set up a webpage on the county website for input on the library. Advertise the input request on the Daily Minor.

If you use a "multiple choice style" of survey form the supervisors can view the results directly.

The "net' is giving our government direct access to the folks that they are suppose to take care of. So, lets use the net for a practical purpose.

With the advent of the internet these information studies are no longer needed and companies that make them are going the way of the doe doe bird. $65k, uh huh, whose brother runs that company?

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

I thought the warehouse design was very inovative. I really liked, it is different from the standard 1940 overpriced junk that most cities are paying for these days. When I've been to that library, it has never been busy enough to justify more room or any changes at all?????It is a great library. There is so much exttra unused space there that you could put in extra offices and not even notice!

I use the kingman branch a lot more often, so I am more familar with it. With the downturn of the economy, I have noticed a lot more people using it than in say 2004. Specificaly the computor stations. The actual book selections seem to be shrinking to make room for the computor folks.

I think it is great that the county wants to supply internet access to it residents, but perhaps it would be wiser to do this at another location, such as some of the empty county buildings already in existance. Internet access is changing again and it is a very volital situation. When things get better, what happens when folks stop using these computor stations and the library had been added on to, to accomidate the tempory volume?????

Can we get the empty city building downtown to open a computor center there? After all it is in the city!

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

So in this time of fiscal austerity, one of the Supes actually wanted to spend upwards of $60K for a "needs assessment"? And why does the library need a redesign NOW? Is it getting that much more usage?

How about just moving the shelves, tables and workstations around if needed and making it user friendly? Wait....didn't they already do this?Are they going to raise the library tax rate to pay for this re-design?

How crazy are some people?

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: Bullhead City Library .

I was just there, and I think it looks nice and clean.

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: me again

Why is the Public Works building beautiful and the Public Library in BHC so ugly???

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: New? Expanded?

Taxpayers are being asked to fund a new or expanded library? The question should not be what do residents want but what do they need. I question expansion when so much is now available on the web and will be increasingly so in the future. I haven’t been in the Kingman Library for years and I’m an avid reader and researcher. They need to assess how the library is now being used and determine what is really needed that can’t be easily accessed on the internet. Mark my words, the day will come when walk-in libraries will be virtually obsolete. Anyone heard of Kindle or Ipad? Spend the taxpayer’s money on making more services available online and cut down on real estate and walk-in traffic.

The Board needs to do some research before they commission a study at the taxpayer’s expense. Just Google “are libraries obsolete” or other combinations. Look forward to technology, not buildings.

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

WHY? do they (supervisors) just continue to waste money on assessments/ studies from outside companies? why can't they use someone from the area (Local)
I have never in my life seen a group of people so willing to waste money on studies-etc! what do we pay you for?

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