Bushnell Minimum Staffing

bq.City Council member Dale Swain questioned the tentative salaries requested for several employees Monday evening during the 2006-2007 budget workshop. One of Swain’s concerns was that the city was paying approximately $100,000 in salaries to four library employees. He said he was unaware if any had degrees or certification in library science. Other council members pointed out that the Bushnell library system has five employees and the library is open six days a week. According to Swain, however, even if the library were open 60 hours a week, it could operate with one full-time employee and one part-timer, rather than five. – “Patricia Steele(Bushnell councilman questions library salary expense)”:http://www.thevillagesdailysun.com/articles/2006/08/30/news/news02.txt According to the “2005 Florida Library Directory with Statistics(http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/research_office/2005LibraryDirectory/index.cfm)”:http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/bld/research_office/2005LibraryDirectory/index.cfm, the “Bushnell Public Library(Library Services – Locations, Sumter County, Florida)”:http://sumtercountyfl.gov/libraries/locations.htm serves a population of 2,265, has 4,500 square feet of space, has a collection of 9,768 volumes, is visted 22,453 times annually, and circulates 26,028 items. How someone could think that they could do that with less staff than a moderately well-run convenience store is a complete mystery to me?

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.