Airdrie Library Strategic Planning Session Introductions and Expectations Tell us about yourself! • Your name • Groups you represent in the community / “hats” you wear • Something about yourself • Any expectations you have for the day Why we’re here today • One step in creating a Strategic Plan • This is a community needs assessment The library’s planning process • “Strategic Planning for Results” Start with community needs Pick predefined “service responses” that fill community needs Develop goals and objectives that put the service responses into action Implement the plan Where you fit in Board and Staff Low Level of Involvement High Planning Committee Consider Local Community Define Community Needs Write Goals and Objectives Select Library Priorities Develop Action Plans Reallocate Resources Today we will… 1. Think about the community as it is today and how it should be in the future. 2. Create a list of community needs. 3. Learn about the library as it is today. 4. Learn about services that libraries can deliver. 5. Link community needs to library service responses. 6. Create some preliminary recommendations. Community Visioning What should the community be like 10 years from now? The community today What internal and external forces will help the community get to its ideal future, or will hold it back? Community Needs Given the conditions today, what does the community require to achieve the desired future? Airdrie Library The Library Service Responses A Library Service Response is what a library does for, or offers to, the public in an effort to meet a set of welldefined community needs. BE AN INFORMED CITIZEN Local, National, and World Affairs PLA Service Responses BUILD SUCCESSFUL ENTERPRISES Business and Non-Profit Support PLA Service Responses CELEBRATE DIVERSITY Cultural Awareness PLA Service Responses CONNECT TO THE ONLINE WORLD Public Internet Access PLA Service Responses CREATE YOUNG READERS Early Literacy PLA Service Responses DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS Genealogy and Local History PLA Service Responses EXPRESS CREATIVITY Create and Share Content PLA Service Responses GET FACTS FAST Ready Reference PLA Service Responses KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY Community Resources and Services PLA Service Responses LEARN TO READ AND WRITE Adult, Teen, and Family Literacy PLA Service Responses MAKE CAREER CHOICES Job and Career Development PLA Service Responses MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS Health, Wealth, and Other Life Choices PLA Service Responses SATISFY CURIOSITY Lifelong Learning PLA Service Responses STIMULATE IMAGINATION Reading, Viewing and Listening for Pleasure PLA Service Responses SUCCEED IN SCHOOL Homework Help PLA Service Responses UNDERSTAND HOW TO FIND, EVALUATE, AND USE INFORMATION: Information Fluency PLA Service Responses VISIT A COMFORTABLE PLACE Physical and Virtual Spaces PLA Service Responses WELCOME TO CANADA Services for New Immigrants PLA Service Responses Which Service Responses? Change = reallocated resources The plan will be implemented with new funding OR without it The Plan will be a Guide… Community Needs Library Priorities Library Goals Library Objectives … for Reallocating Resources Library Activities Staff Needed Collections Needed Facilities Needed Technology Needed Selected service responses will get more resources Be an Informed Citizen Build Build Successful Successful Enterprises Enterprises Celebrate Diversity Connect to the Online World Create Young Readers Discover Your Roots Express Creativity Get Facts Fast Know Your Community Learn to Read and Write Make Career Choices Make informed Decisions Satisfy Curiosity Stimulate Imagination Succeed in School Information Fluency Visit a Comfortable Place Welcome to the US Select Your Service Responses Based on Community Needs Community Need Children, Teens and Adults Will Have a Variety of Leisure Activities Service Response STIMULATE IMAGINATION Decide What Needs the Library Could Address NEEDS DECISION TREE Connecting needs to service responses What service responses will meet local needs? Prioritizing service responses Which service responses are most important to local community needs? Conclusion and Next Steps • • • Information will go to library staff and board Board will respond to you You will have one more meeting to finalize your recommendations Thank you for your time and effort.