Library Planning to [Target Year]Staff Retreat Meeting Date
Purpose Through dialog and sharing of information
To envision the best future for community
To envision the best Library as a part of that community
To learn and listen and share opinion, facts, & knowledge to help library board and staff develop a strategic plan
Everyone participates, no one dominates
Disagree with grace and tact
Think playfully, speak courageously
Listen as an ally
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Optional: something about yourself that might surprise your colleagues
What’s important about libraries? Healthy libraries indicate healthy communities
U.S. public libraries have strong planning culture
Long history and experience
Vermont DOL encourages local library planning through Standards program
Has the library built a plan before?
Library planninggrounded in community need
Community vision and need
Library as a part of that
Serving the vision
Long Range Plan
Process this time
Community task force – conversation, gather input and data. Two meetings.
Staff retreat – four hour meeting to review community input, add library knowledge of program
Meet with town board, town department heads, and focus groups
Write plan, and use it!
Town demographic profile
Population, 2008 est.-
Growth 1990 – 2000 % (VT 8.2%)
Growth 2000 – 2008 %
Ethnicity – % white, 2000 census
Median age - (VT, 37.7)
65 and older – %
Under 18 - %
Town– demographic profile (2)
Median household income – (1999)$51,000 (VT - $41,000)
Less than H.S. – 8%
Beyond High School – 64%
Bachelor’s or higher – 28%
Review the preliminary Library Service Responses selected by the Planning Committee Compare to the full list of LS Responses Compare what the library does well to the LS Responses chosen by the Planning Committee Are there areas or audiences the Committee missed? What did the Planning Committee discover?
Public libraries are changing 7/2010: Amazon sold more titles for the Kindle than hardcover books in the previous 3 months Delivery methods are changing rapidly (smartphones, Netflix, ListenUp VT for audiobooks and ebooks) Libraries are busier than ever, especially as public computer centers Other thoughts?
Public libraries are the same All public libraries Lend materials Provide ‘certified’ information Provide a “third place,” a community anchor, a commons Are unique among public institutions in the breadth of audience and of function
Spending on public library services Per capita, monthlyVermont average: $2.61 Annual:
Vermont average, 2008 - $31.28
Town Library, 2008 - $
Vermont average, 2006 - $29.44
National average, 2006 - $33.24
Sources of support Planning Town: ? %local tax income, ? % other Vermont average :72.9% local tax, 27.1% other National averages: 84.1% local tax, 15.9% other 2008-2009 VT Public Library Statistics
Library tourand break
Pretend you’re visiting for the first time, or showing your mother (lover, grandparent, child) the library for the first time
What do you see? Neat? Clean? Clear signage? Inviting?
Note things you like, delight you – note problem areas.
Library Staff Comments Goals and activities Beginning to shift the library
Library goals and activities - start with a laundry list