Schlow Centre Region Library

The Centre of Reading and Learning

aka Schlow Memorial Library   |   State College, PA   |  www.schlowlibrary.org

Mission

Schlow Centre Region Library is "The Centre of Reading and Learning." We value community, diversity, excellence, integrity and innovation.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are very grateful to supporters who prioritize the inclusive learning environment at the library, and support the programs and services that Schlow Library provides. Thank you.

Ruling year info

1985

Library Director

Lisa Rives Collens

Main address

211 S. Allen Street

State College, PA 16801 USA

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Formerly known as

Schlow Memorial Library

EIN

24-0857113

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People need free and open access to comprehensive and accurate information for their personal education and recreation, including books, media, computer access, study and gathering spaces, and educational programs. The Schlow Centre Region Library provides these to all residents of Centre County.

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?

Lending materials

Loaning from collection of books and media

Population(s) Served
Adults

Educational programs and storytimes.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

# of new Library Card Applications per Year

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

Adults

Related Program

Lending materials

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 numbers include new initiative with the school district for 6th grade and under to receive a library card. 2020 numbers were lower because of the closure due to the Pandemic.

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.

As the mission states, Schlow Centre Region Library is the community "Centre of Reading and Learning." Our goals are: To serve as the "Centre Region's Living Room"; foster the growth of "Children to Leaders"; enhance "Community Connectivity"; support "Enthusiastic Employees"; maintain a "Firm Financial Foundation"; allow residents to "Read It, Know It, Schlow It"; encourage offsite use by working to be "We Are Where You Are."

Maintain the comfortable and popular facility; provide a full range of programs and services for children and families; partner with community agencies and schools to provide services; employ customer-focused and passionate employees; grown endowments and investments; purchase additional new materials; provide a "virtual library" website and remote services.

35,000 square foot building; robust and secure website; children's play areas; 45 employees who exceed state standards for continuing education.

The Library is on course in following the 2017-19 strategic plan, which maintains current services, increases the collection budget, and provides a website, remote book drops, and other services to make it easy to use the library.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The diverse community of the Centre Region in Central Pennsylvania. This includes young people, college students, families, adults, seniors, and tourists/visitors.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Talking to Patrons,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Schlow Centre Region Library

Board of directors
as of 09/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Casey McClain

Representing: Patton Township

Casey McClain

Representing: Patton Township

Linda Trevino

Representing: Patton Township

Sue Werner

Representing: Ferguson Township

Naila Basa

State College Borough

Kimberly Fragola

College Township

Sharon Rovansek

Halfmoon Township

Sue Traynor

Harris Township

Barbara Ziff

Ferguson Township

Robin Barton

State College Borough

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/22/2021

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

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.