People say they want to be connected, safe, valued, respected, and accepted by others, with opportunities to be engaged and ever-learning together. But they are concerned that our community could be more inclusive, safe, and sustainable, with resources and opportunities more equitable and prevalent for all.
That’s a sample of the perspectives people shared during the library’s Community Conversations project, gathered during group sessions and individual interviews conducted as part of planning for the library’s future.
The community feedback gathered during this project will be instrumental in the development of the library’s strategic plan. The questions and process was developed by the American Library Association to help libraries better understand the communities they serve.
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 public feedback and library expertise, developed over the course of 2019. A final strategic plan is expected to be adopted by the Library Board of Trustees in January 2020.
- Report: Community Conversations Report (August 2019) (pdf) Report without Appendix (pdf) Appendix only (pdf)
- Informe resumen en español Report summary (pages 5-7) in Spanish
- ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਚ ਰਿਪੋਰਟ ਸੰਖੇਪ Report summary (pages 5-7) in Punjabi
- News: Library hosts “Community Conversations” to help shape future visions (March 2019)
- News: Community Conversations provide vital feedback for library strategic plan (September 2019)
- 2019-2023 Strategic Plan project page