Turning the Page: Chapter by Chapter
Many library staff, board and community members have taken time out of their lives to help plan for the library's future. The timeline below chronicles the last year (or so) of the process.
The library's board of trustees and management team hired Russell Consulting, Inc. out of Madison, WI to lead the process of creating a long-range plan for the library.
A patron and resident survey was created and conducted. 580 surveys were mailed to residents of Janesville and 661 surveys were handed out to patrons within the library. More than 550 surveys were completed and returned. The results were entered into a database to be used as a basis for the October visioning session
Community leaders, patrons of the library and library staff were invited to a one-day visioning session to discuss the past, present and future of the library. More than 50 people gathered to help the library expand their vision for the future. Small and large group discussions were held to determine the library's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. After a full day of exercises and activities, pages of valuable feedback were collected from each table. Included were some beautifully crafted ideas of what participants envisioned the library might be like in the year 2020.
Once the feedback from the visioning session was compiled, several strategic issues emerged. The strategic planning committee, consisting of library staff and members of the library's board, identified six issues on which to focus:
- Achieving financial sustainability
- Building strong partnerships and relationships with patrons, community organizations and user groups
- Embracing and leveraging technology
- Sustaining world-class staff and volunteers
- Maintaining/improving a great facility
- Communicating and marketing the great HPL story
Teams created to work through each issue will meet and report back to the strategic planning committee by the end of January. Once all teams have reported back, goals will be developed for each issue and a 3-year strategic plan will be finalized.
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