After reading a rather disappointing “Strategic Plan” for a library I will not mention here, I decided to create my own “Strategic Plan” for an Imaginary Dream library. So here goes:
The library’s staff will provide patrons the resources they need to transform their lives for the better.
The library’s staff will be recognized as a benefit to the community.
- Cultivate Community Connections
Go out into your community, don’t wait for them to come to you! Connect with local organizations, non-profits, businesses, schools, etc.
- Engage new patrons and strengthen relationships with current patrons
Engage new patrons with dynamic programming and by being the ultimate resource center for them. Strengthen relationships with current patrons by asking them what they want to see in programming, services and what they want to create at the library, what tools do they need to do this?
- Improve our visibility in the community
Promote librarians ability to aid patrons and organizations. Use any medium possible.
- Create an inspiring work environment for staff
Don’t forget about your staff! If your staff is happy, your patrons will be happy with the interactions they have in or out of the library.