Library Stations serve an important function as part of the Augusta County Library System. They are located in smaller, more rural areas of the county, are open at least 20 hours per week, and house a collection of less than 5,000 items. Stations operate part of the Augusta County Library System and follow ACL’s policies and procedures.
A rotating collection will be chosen to meet the communities’ needs. ACL professional staff will select all materials with assistance from the library station manager or liaison. A small reference collection and a children’s collection may remain at the stations semi-permanently. Suggestions for purchase are encouraged.
Items donated specifically for an individual Station may be returned to the Station after processing, but will be available to any Valley Libraries Connection user.
A small book sale consisting of donated items may be maintained if space permits. Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Library.
Library Station volunteers and Friends may conduct small fundraising programs (such as bake, book, plant sales) to provide additional funds for programs and materials. The Churchville Branch Manager will work with the Station to coordinate any fundraiser, so must be informed of any plans.
The Station Friends will be a subgroup of the Friends of the Augusta County Library and a representative will serve as a member of its executive committee. The treasurer of the Friends of the Augusta County Library will oversee any funds collected. Each Station will receive a portion of the annual Friends budget to support programming and other needs.
Each Library Station will be open a minimum of 20 hours per week. A regular schedule will be posted and advertised. If sufficient long-term community support and volunteers are generated, a Station may be open more than 20 hours per week. Employees of the Augusta County Library may be asked to help work at Stations to maintain operating hours if a Manager or volunteers are not available.
Stations are encouraged to present programs for all ages and interest. The administrative staff at Fishersville will provide support and publicity. A Program Proposal Form shall be submitted for all programs.
Most services available at the Main and branch Libraries will be available on a smaller scale at the Stations. Public Internet computers, printers, and Wi-Fi are considered essential services. Courier service, which supports placing holds and requesting items from any Valley Libraries Connection Library, will be provided weekly, generally via the Branch Manager or the individual Station Manager.
Fax and notary service may be provided, but will not be considered essential services.
Library Station Managers will provide basic reference assistance with back-up support available from the reference desk at the Fishersville Main Library.
The Station Manager is an employee of the County of Augusta, Grade 11, and is scheduled to work 20 hours per week. A position description is attached to this policy.
The Churchville Branch Manager will serve as liaison to all Library Stations. The Library II—Adults Services and Library II—Youth Services will provide the professional services and oversee collection development and programming.
Volunteers provide special support to the Library Station Manager and, in most cases, allow the Station to be open a full 20 hours per week schedule. The Volunteer Coordinator will provide assistance in recruiting and training Station Volunteers. The Station Manager will be responsible for training volunteers who run the Station in his/her absence and in creating the volunteer schedule.
Adopted by Library Board 09/27/2012