Strategic Plan 2019-2023

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What do you care about? Libraries can help. The Bellingham Public Library is reaching out to the community as part of planning for the library’s future during the beginning phase of a strategic planning process expected to last through 2019.

The library updates its strategic plan every 3-5 years to reflect current community needs, express library and city goals and priorities, and set direction for the library.

The strategic plan that results from this year’s work will reflect a balance of public knowledge and library expertise, developed through several phases over the course of the year. A final plan is expected to be adopted by the Board of Trustees by the end of 2019 following the steps below.

Strategic Planning Steps

Community Engagement: Using a community engagement model developed by the American Library Association, the library is hosting a series of Community Conversations in Spring 2019 to gather public knowledge on a range of topics related to public library service. With this information, library leaders will determine where the library can help, and form its strategic directions accordingly.

Incorporate Research and Library Trends: Reviewing the work of other key local, state and national organizations, library leaders will incorporate the most relevant work into their analysis of our library’s future direction.

Determine Strategic Directions: Using the information gathered from the above efforts, library leaders will determine strategic directions and publish a draft plan for feedback from city officials and other library stakeholders.

Adopt Final Plan: The Library Board of Trustees expects to adopt a final strategic plan by end of 2019.

The strategic plan timeline and approach was approved by the Board of Trustees at meetings held in January and February, 2019.

For more information about the strategic planning process, Contact Us.