JAMES V BROWN LIB ENDOW FD

The place to go to learn, connect and grow.

aka James V. Brown Library   |   Williamsport, PA   |  www.jvbrown.edu

Mission

The James V. Brown Library is the place to go to learn, connect and grow.

Ruling year info

1948

Executive Director

Ms. Barbara S. McGary

Main address

19 East Fourth Street

Williamsport, PA 17701 USA

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EIN

24-0799180

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Library offers services to inform, enrich, preserve, and promote community engagement, as well as improve early literacy skill and learning skills for all residents of Lycoming County. Because the impact of public libraries extends beyond the individuals who use them – it strengthens and empowers the community around them. How a parent reads to a child has lasting effects on that child's literacy. Knowing how to use computers and the Internet is essential for people who need better jobs or further education to support their families. Communities with better social connectedness and civic engagement have been associated with less unemployment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Public library

The James V. Brown Library is a public library serving the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Library of the Year 2021

Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)

Youth Services Best Practices award - honorable mention 2019

Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)

Youth Services Best Practices award - honorable mention 2020

Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)

Affiliations & memberships

Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) 2020

American Library Association 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Public library

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of adults who attended adult programs and workshops. In 2020, the Library was closed for several months due to COVID-19 and many programs were offered virtually.

Number of people who walk through our doors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of people who walk through our door each year - in 2019 we upgraded our door count system for better accuracy. During 2020, the Library closed its doors for several months due to COVID-19.

Total of public computer usage and wi-fi use

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Public library

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total yearly computer and wi-fi usage - in 2019 we upgraded our system for better accuracy in reporting statistics. In 2020, the Library was closed for several months due to COVID-19.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The library's strategic goals are to: champion the love of reading, open new doors to lifelong learning, provide a haven to those who seek, ensure the preservation of public library services for future generations, and to make James V. Brown Library the place to be.

By offering innovative educational and life-enriching programming, services and resources to the public.

Through the use of highly-trained staff and librarians with master's degrees, programs will supplement educational learning goals and materials will be selected for the benefit of the community. Community partnerships will be expanded and enhanced, with the library seen as a trusted community resource.

Since June 1907, the library has championed the love of reading, opened new doors to lifelong learning, provided a haven to those who seek and ensured the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. The Library also participates in national and statewide initiatives to promote literacies in order to power a better future for everyone. The Library contributes to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment and is a catalyst for powerful individual and community change.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently added captions to all our YouTube and Facebook videos as a result of patron feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JAMES V BROWN LIB ENDOW FD

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Gloria Greevy

Retired Educator

Term: 2020 - 2021

Gloria Greevy

Retired educator

John Confer

Retired funeral director

Trisha Marty

Business owner

Dr. Timothy Bowers

Superintendent of Williamsport Area School District

Rick Mirabito

Lycoming County Commissioner

Kyle Murphy

Pastor of Christ Episcopal Church

Derek Slaughter

Mayor of Williamsport

Marshall Welch III

Business owner

Brette Confair

Business owner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/9/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.