Library makes plans for futureThe Superior Public Library is pleased to announce its Strategic Planning Initiative. Over the next five months, the library will have access to a strategic planning consultant who will facilitate a community-based planning process.
The Superior Public Library is pleased to announce its Strategic Planning Initiative. Over the next five months, the library will have access to a strategic planning consultant who will facilitate a community-based planning process. Support for the consultant’s services has been funded in part by the Community Opportunity Fund and the Business Leaders Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, with additional support provided by Superior Water, Light & Power.
Superior is fortunate to have a local library. It belongs to all of us: our tax dollars support it. According to Superior Public 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 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 the changing needs of our patrons — 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,” says Heskin.
The process will begin by gathering input from the community’s leaders through a series of focus groups. 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.”
For information, contact library director Susan Heskin at 1530 Tower Ave., (715) 394-8876 or firstname.lastname@example.org