Equipping and staffing a local genealogical center.
Hi, I am the secretary of a local genealogical society. We may have an opportunity to relocate our books, vertical files and other resources to a newer, more modern facility. As part of the arrangement, funding would come from the old facility to assist with purchasing new/newer equipment and even some staffing at times. Our monthly meetings would take place there, and it would be the location for interested researchers to access the many books and manuscripts relating to our area, and to have more weekly hours to research. Currently we share a printer and we have a microfilm reader in poor condition. With the new location, I would hope there is increased visitation, but realistic expectations would anticipate not more than several a day tops.
Thinking out loud, I could see needing a new microfilm reader, two computers, and a dedicated printer - all networked. We would benefit from a library Ancestry subscription. And it would be great to have a part time person (the facility always has a staff person on site to handle other functions of the facility) to assist researchers - with some background in genealogy and/or library science? We need a way to protect the books from theft - so some alarm system is needed as well.
I would appreciate any help - in terms of who or where to more properly direct this thread of questions or to suggest a model facility I could contact.