Local Libraries are planning for the futureThe Two Harbors and Silver Bay Public Libraries are pleased to announce their participation in the Arrowhead Library System Strategic Planning Initiative.
The Two Harbors and Silver Bay Public Libraries are pleased to announce their participation in the Arrowhead Library System Strategic Planning Initiative.
Over the next four months, these libraries will have access to a strategic planning consultant who will facilitate a community-based planning process.
The Lake County area is fortunate to have local libraries. It belongs to all of us: our tax dollars support it. According to Two Harbors Library Director Susan Heskin, “The board and staff do their best to be good stewards of the library’s limited resources, but we can’t be all things to all people. This is an opportunity to hear from the community about a vision for the future and what the community’s needs are. Hearing that, the library’s task is to determine how it can help to address those needs.”
Strategic planning is a process used to set the future direction and priorities of an organization. This type of planning is especially important in times of rapid change. “With the economic and social impacts of a recession, constant advances in technology, and increased usage with staff shortage - just to name a few - the environment the library is working in is undergoing a lot of change. This is a good time for us to step back and take the community’s pulse”, Heskin said.
The process will begin by gathering input from each community’s leaders through a focus group.
Representatives from a wide variety of constituencies are being asked to participate. This input, along with statistical data about the library and the community, will be analyzed by the Library’s Planning Team. They will consider those findings in updating their mission, establishing priority goals, and developing action plans for the first year of implementation. “The resulting Strategic Plan will guide the library’s work for the next five years, with action plans being updated annually. This planning process is an investment in the library’s, and the community’s future.” As a result of the strategic planning retreats, the Silver Bay Public Library will be closed on the following dates: Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3.
— Two Harbors and Silver Bay Public Libraries