Leavenworth Public Library Strategic Plan

LEAVENWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2017
APPROVED APRIL 9, 2015
REVISED 3/10/2016
The Mission of the Leavenworth Public Library is to improve the quality of life
in our community by providing the means to Read, Explore and Connect.
 
Primary Role: Stimulate Imagination
Residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they want when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.
 
Secondary Role: Connect to the Online World
Residents will have high-speed access to the digital world with no unnecessary restrictions
or fees to ensure that everyone can take advantage of the ever-growing resources and
services available through the Internet.
 
Provide the Means to READ
 
Adult Services
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by providing print and non-print materials that patrons want
Measure:
  • Increase circulation of adult materials 3% per year (2015: 112,945, 2016: 116,333, 2017:119,823)
  • Purchase multiple copies of popular material, apply ratio of 1 copy for each 3 holds placed by Leavenworth patrons.
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by maintaining relevancy and currency of print and non-print collections
Measure: Weed a minimum of 3% of all collections annually, applying the standards of our Collection Development Policy. (NEKLS standard)

Goal: Connect to the Online World by promoting use of electronic reading resources
Measure:
  • Increase the number of eBook users by 5% per year (2015: 250, 2016: 263, 2017: 276)
  • Increase the circulation of eBooks by 5% per year (2015: 4,099, 2016: 4,304, 2017: 4,520)
  • Increase the number of State Library cards issued by 5% per year

Goal: Stimulate Imagination by expanding opportunities for patrons to make purchase suggestions
Measure: Place request cards in strategic areas of the Adult material shelving.
 
Youth Services
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by finding/creating new display areas to promote reading
Measure: Create 1 new display area every year.

Goal: Stimulate Imagination by providing print and non-print materials that patrons want
Measure/s: Increase circulation of youth materials by 3% per year: (2015: 94,766, 2016: 97,609, 2017: 100,537)
 
Marketing
Goal: Stimulate Imagination with displays that support adult program topics.
Measure/s: 30% of program-related materials will circulate

Goal: Stimulate Imagination/Connect to the Online World with library card sign-ups in other locations
Measure/s: Outreach to Leavenworth Schools during National Library Card Sign Up Month (9/16)
IT Services
Goal: Stimulate Imagination/ Connect to the Online World by expanding ways patrons can find what they want
Measure: Explore the feasibility of patrons placing requests through our main print vendor (Ingram) Add/emphasize reader’s advisory tools such as Select Reads, Good Reads, NoveList, Fantastic Fiction.

Administration
Goal: Stimulate Imagination By allocating competitive resources to collection development
Measure: Use 2015 as a baseline, increase total materials budget by 2% a year through 2018 (2016: $140,760, 2017: $143,575, 2018: $146,447

Goal: Stimulate Imagination by improving availability of new titles
Measure:
  • Maintain regular purchasing intervals and expenditure targets for print and non-print collections
  • Spend 8% of each budget monthly, retain reserve for end-of-the-year patron reserves
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by improving the appearance of the adult New Book section
Measure: Install accent lighting to draw attention

Goal: Stimulate Imagination/ Connect to the Online World by exploring online content and adding well used services
Measure: A minimum of one trial period per year, add service or enhance an existing service once per year
 
Provide the Means to EXPLORE
 
Adult Services
Goal: Connect to the Online World by teaching patrons to use library tech resources
Measure/s: Programs that provide information, guidance and assistance will reach 200 patrons per year

Goal: Connect to the Online World by keeping all staff trained to use existing services/equipment and new services that are added
Measure:
  • Vendor training will be provided to all staff when any new service is tested
  • Koha training by NEKLS will be provided to all new employees within 1 month of hiring
 
Youth Services
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by creating year-round STEM focused (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) programming
Measure: Using 2015 as base, increase attendance at STEM focused programs 5% per year. 2015: 46 programs, attendance 455. (2016: 478, 2017: 512)
 
Marketing
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by hosting nationally or regionally recognized authors or speakers.
Measure: Starting in 2016, host two authors/speakers per year

Goal: Stimulate Imagination by hosting a variety of musical performances
Measure:
  • One performance each quarter starting in 2016
  • Attract minimum of 50 attendees at each performance
 
Provide the Means to CONNECT
 
Adult Services
Goal: Stimulate Imagination by providing equipment for patrons without Library cards to view DVDs, listen to CDs etc.
Measure/s: Provide laptops for in-house use
 
Youth Services
Goal: Connect to the Online World by increasing the number of public Internet terminals in the Youth Services departments
Measure: Add 1 terminal per year in the YA department

Goal: Connect to the Online World by improving and expanding access to gaming for youth.
Measure: Acquire 17 Minecraft licenses in 2016.
 
Marketing
Goal: Stimulate Imagination/Connect to the Online World by building partnerships with community and regional organizations
Measure: Two new partnerships per year, either long-term or one-time collaboration for programs/services.

Goal: Stimulate Imagination/Connect to the Online World by informing patrons of online reader’s advisory resources (Select Reads, Good Reads, NoveList, Fantastic Fiction. etc.)
Measure: Feature one resource each month on our website

Goal: Stimulate Imagination/Connect to the Online World by installing slat-wall furnishing near main entrance to improve marketing of programs and services
Measure: Install in 2017
 
IT Services
Goal: Connect to the Online World by providing higher bandwidth internet connection
Measure: Increase data speed to a minimum of 20 mbps

Goal: Connect to the Online World by providing access to 12-20 portable internet devices for circulation to patrons in the Library
Measure: Budget purchase for 2016

Goal: Connect to the Online World by developing new website
Measure:
  • Determine software to be used, acquire licenses and train on use in 2016
  • Design new website in 2017.
  • Launch new website January 2018.
 
Administration
Goal: Connect to the Online World by expanding MiFi resources
Measure: Purchase a minimum of 2 additional devices/data plans a year through 2017

Goal: Lead development of Marketing Plan emphasizing Roles
Measure: Finish plan by 2016

Goal: Amend policy to remove economic and other barriers/limits to internet access
Measure: Amend policy by 2016
Data: Completed 12/10/2015

Goal: Connect to the Online World by improving AV equipment in meeting rooms
Measure: New laptops and large flat screen TVs will replace existing hardwired connection and overhead projection equipment by the end of 2016.