Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Stewart Public Library

 Stewart Public Library is a vital and important community asset, providing free information access, promoting literacy and lifelong learning. The Stewart Public Library Strategic Plan outlines key service objectives and priorities for the period of 2013-2018.

 

Table of Contents

1.     Introduction

2.     Outline of Strategic Plan

2.1. Mandate

2.2. Values

2.3. Mission and Vision Statements

3.     Strategic Plan

3.1. Overarching Goals and Specific Targets

3.2. Action Plan

3.3. Monitoring

1.0. Introduction

 

People come to SPL for many reasons: some want to create or improve their resumes, check out books, participate in early childhood programs, check e-mail, while others want to study local history or write an exam. Whatever their reasons for visiting the Library, SPL will help patrons begin their journey. Guided by this strategic plan, the Library will focus on being an important voice in literacy, offering access to technology and variety of information materials, and providing support for children, families, visitors, and business people of our community.  We will strive to make our Library welcoming environment to all patrons.  SPL will also build close partnerships with institutions and organizations with complementary missions.

The Stewart Public Library is located in beautiful Stewart, BC.  Stewart is a small remote community located on the North Coast with a population under 600.  The Library shares space with the Bear Valley School Library.  Stewart Public Library is operated by the Board of Stewart Library Association and has one staff member and a few volunteers.  SPL served the community of Stewart for 43 years.

Stewart Public Library is a member of BCLA and the North Coast Library Federation, and participant of OneCard BC program. Stewart Public Library offers a large variety of books (fiction, nonfiction, reference, etc.), book-tapes, audios, videos and magazines to its patrons. Our collection includes over 17,000 titles of printed, audio, video, and electronic materials. Currently the SPL is using ILS software SITKA Evergreen.

2.0 Outline of Strategic Plan

 

The Stewart Public Library helps promote the economic well being of the community by providing information resources, children programs, and other service to Stewart citizens.

2.1          Mandate

The Stewart Public Library operates as a Public Library Association under the provisions of the Library Act of British Columbia and its amendments. The Library Board, constituted under the terms of the Library Act is a legal entity and holds the legal responsibility for the Library. The Library shall be an institutional member of the BCLTA and BCLA and the NCLF.

2.2        Mission Statement

The Mission of the Stewart Public Library is to enrich the life of every person in our community by providing access to the world’s ideas and information.

2.3        Vision

Our vision is to be a social and intellectual gathering place for everyone – a safe, inviting and inclusive community centre that informs and provide province-wide electronic access to the full potential of the resources available.

BC Libraries are supporting a democratic society by providing our patrons with free access to information regardless of race, gender, income, or religion to improve the quality of their life.  We are promoting literacy and lifelong learning through collaboration and participation with educational and literacy organizations.  SPL has traditionally focused on the needs of children and families.  The Library will continue to make the needs of children, teens and families our highest priority in our services and programming.

5.0 Strategic Plan

               5.1     Overarching goals and specific targets

 

Goal: To build and deliver a diverse collection of print, electronic, video and audio collection which will meet a community needs and supports our users growing informational needs.

Objectives:

Undertake an extensive weeding procedure to renew the collection, especially softcover

mass media book collection and open shelf space for new items.

Consider to use new vendors and BC Publishers companies

Re-evaluate magazines’ subscription

Increase numbers of the electronic databases and e-books

Keep building Large Print book collection

Respond to increasing demands for the DVDs

Keep building popular Feel-and-Touch children’s’ book collection

 

Goal: Create effective communication channels with the library users and use technology as an opportunity to engage patrons.

Objectives:

Use social network (Facebook) to promote the Library in the community.

Develop Marketing and Communication plan based on survey’s findings.

Provide  newsletters to the community members.

Upgrade existing website.

Start a library-based photo stream with Instagram around a local history and present theme.

Goal: Provide open and inviting space with customer-focused staff where every individual can meet its informational needs.

Objectives:

Create adult Reading Club.

Purchase more educational materials for early-learning programs.

Use innovative ways to promote reading and learning: puppets show, author visits, participation in the community events (for instance to have a Library playground during summer).

Use the technological advances that make the library accessible 24/7.

Offer the library’s support to the long-distance students by sharing resources and help them to achieve academic success.

Goal: Create a strong relationship with educational, early-learning and government organizations and secure funding for the library.

Objectives:

Keep pursue the grants opportunities to support our early-learning children program and professional development.

Provide our financial donors with reports on timely fashion. Acknowledge their contribution.

Form the library’s ambassadors group for active support of library interests.

At least once per year have an Appreciation Open House.

Develop and implement fundraising strategy.

Goal: To pursue the opportunity for the new Library Building

Objectives:

Support the District of Stewart in its effort to purchase the Stewart Elementary School building.

Goal: Foster professional development for staff and the Board members.

Objectives:

Provide an opportunity for new Trustees to attend orientation training.

Develop staff training plan to increase new technology competency

5.2     Action Plan

 

Goal: To build and deliver a diverse collection of print, electronic, video and audio collection which will meet a community needs and supports our users growing informational needs.

Actions

Objectives:

Undertake an extensive weeding procedure to renew the collection, especially softcover mass media book collection and open shelf space for new items.

Re-evaluate magazines’ subscription

Keep building Large Print book collection

Respond to increasing demands for the DVDs

Keep building popular Feel-and-Touch children’s’ book collection

 

Perform collection’s extensive weeding twice per year.

 

 

 

 

Ongoing. Make sure that each book order is including the LP books, DVDs, and Touch-and feel books

Goal: Create effective communication channels with the library users and use technology as an opportunity to engage patrons.

 

Actions

Objectives:

Use social network (Facebook) to promote the Library in the community.

Develop Marketing and Communication plan based on survey’s findings.

Provide  newsletter to the community members.

Upgrade existing website.

Start a library-based photo stream with Instagram around a local history and present theme.

 

Create the Facebook profile for the Stewart Public Library January 2014.  Allocate staff time needed to keep the Facebook page current.

 

Present draft of the policy to the Board by June, 2014

Ongoing

 

Update information by monthly

 

Open an account with Instagram by December 2013.

Approach local museum and community members asking to share the photos by June 2014 Go live by September 2014

Goal: Provide open and inviting space with customer-focused staff where every individual can meet its informational needs.

 

Actions

Objectives:

Create adult Reading Club.

Purchase more educational materials for early-learning programs.

Use innovative ways to promote reading and learning: puppets show, author visits, participation in the community events (for instance to have a Library playground during summer).

Use the technological advances that make the library accessible 24/7.

Offer the library’s support to the long-distance students by sharing resources and help them to achieve academic success.

 

 

Start advertisement in September 2013

Subject to grant from Success by 6. Apply for the grant in October, 2013

 

 

Invite one author per year; to prepare at least 4 puppet shows per year

 

Contact Sitka support staff to make sure that patrons will have an access to their accounts and a catalog 24/7

Approach a school principal and Parents Advisory Committee by  October, 2013

Goal: Create a strong relationship with educational, early-learning and government organizations and secure funding for the library.

 

Actions

Objectives:

Keep pursue the grants opportunities to support our early-learning children program and professional development.

Provide our financial donors with reports on timely fashion. Acknowledge their contribution.

Form the library’s ambassadors group for active support of library interests.

At least once per year have an Appreciation Open House.

Develop and implement fundraising strategy.

 

 

Ongoing.

 

 

Annually.

 

 

Advertise and approach the community members and groups (RCMP, the School Trustee, the Health Centre, the Museum) in February 2014

Organize an Open House in June 2014, after that to have it annually.

 

March, 2014

Goal: To pursue the opportunity for the new Library Building

 

Actions

Objectives:

Support the District of Stewart in its effort to purchase the Stewart Elementary School building

 

Monitoring the progress. Our intend to have a new Library by 2017

Goal: Foster professional development for staff and the Board members.

 

Actions

Objectives:

Provide an opportunity for new Trustees to attend orientation training.

Develop staff training plan to increase new technology competency

 

 

 

Attend the BCLA conference annually.

Target the on-line workshops, which are cost-effective. Present yearly workshops’ list for the Board approval.

 

5.3     Monitoring

Proposed monitoring tools for the Stewart Public Library Strategic Plan are:

  1. Monthly Librarian’s report to the Board. It is important recording and reporting on progress.
  2. Scheduling the yearly activities. I would recommend simple wall calendar.

External monitoring will come from our funding stakeholders – provincial government, local government, and Success by 6.