FHSU students help library assess improvements
By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT
Four students from Fort Hays State University seek the community's input on a survey to help Ellis Public Library identify opportunities to improve.
The class project for the Leadership 310 course has several groups of students leading marketing campaigns for various community organizations. The Ellis Public Library group is pushing a six-question survey to determine the demographics of the library's users, Michael Goodrow, an FHSU senior and group member, said
Steve Arthur, the director of the library, said the results will be used to decide if the library should change its priorities.
"The purpose of the survey is to get an idea of what our users' demographics are so we can decide whether or not we need to shift our focus," Arthur said.
Goodrow said the city of Ellis wants to give the library more funding, but the city wants to see a strategy for updating operations. The group wants any potential changes to help position the library as a social hub in Ellis, Goodrow said.
"We're trying to do a needs assessment for the community to see what their temperature's like," Goodrow said. "What do they want from the library? Is there anything the library could do?"
The library caters to families and young children, so there might be interest in adding programs to appeal to older users, Goodrow said.
The questionnaire is posted in the library, online, in survey boxes in town and in 15 Ellis businesses that include Hometown Food Center and Equity Bank, Goodrow said. The group hopes to collect approximately 200 responses before the campaign ends Oct. 31.
The survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ellissurvey.