I posted the following question back at the beginning of summer and had three responses. Sorry it took me so long to follow up. Summer happened! :) Btw, if anyone else has ideas, my plans are not finalized yet.
Original question: What does your dream circulation desk have? I have received some grant funding and would appreciate your invaluable input. Send photos too, if you have them! Thanks!
#1 - A book drop that is secure with a wheeled truck that pulls out into the circ desk area (we moved our library last year, all new furniture, and the administration purchased an "information desk" with lockable drawers, which I appreciate, but there's NO book drop :( - the solution was to re-purpose a 2-drawer vertical file. The students return their books in the top drawer and it is NOT accessible from the desk side. It is also VERY easy for students to remove other students' books if they choose to........
#2 - at least one lockable desk drawer for "petty cash" and over-the-counter meds, etc. Also one lockable file drawer for confidential files
#3 - a "privacy panel" to keep all of your desktop items looking a bit more presentable :)
#4 - wire management system for your computer and a pull-out keyboard tray
Have fun spending your money. Many places, like DEMCO and Highsmith, sell "modular" pieces which makes your desk very customizable !
I inherited a fairly recent remodel, and I really like our circ desk. It is curved, with one section tall enough to stand at for check-outs, etc. I can alternate between standing and sitting in a stool-height chair, which I appreciate. It has loads of locking drawers, and the cabinet behind it is specifically designed to store and charge 30-40 laptops. The other end is lower, and has a desk area that we use for student supplies and the space to work with them (hole punch, staplers, blank paper, etc.). There is a wheeled bin that stores under the high end of the circ desk and catches books from the return slot, and there is room under the desk for recycling and small trash bins. There are two computer work station areas built into the taller portion.
Whatever you do... request all locking drawers and cabinets use the SAME key! From experience, its a big pain to sort through 7 keys everyday. ;)
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Clearwater High School
Rt 4 Box 1004
Piedmont MO 63957
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