Connecting you to a world of possibilities |

Connecting you to a world of possibilities

Amelia Shelley
Garfield County Libraries executive director
Recently two Garfield County librarians (Amy Shipley
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Over the past year, we at the Garfield County Libraries have worked hard to define who we are, and where we are headed. As part of that process we have identified our new mission: to connect our communities to a world of possibilities. For us, making a connection with each person who enters the library, logs on to our website, or calls on the phone is essential to ensuring that we are helping meet our communities’ needs and proving value for your tax dollars. But we not only want to make connections with people, but also connect those people to the information, education, entertainment or possibilities for which they are searching.

We also have a new vision: to be a trusted and valued resource to everyone in our communities. We know that most people know and appreciate the value of a public library, but not everyone. Our goal is to reach those individuals that may not know what the library has to offer them, as well as those that have a cultural or social bias that makes the library a confusing or misunderstood institution.

Finally, Garfield County Libraries has developed a set of values that we believe reflect who we are as an organization: Balance, Community, Empowerment, Excellence and Innovation. Each value has a special meaning for us, but none more so than Balance. We believe that in order to truly serve our communities, we must have something for everyone in the community. We aim to achieve balance by providing materials in other languages, offering programs and technologies on various levels, offering a great selection of materials on the shelf, welcoming everyone no matter their personal situation, and providing an exceptional place for our employees to work.

What does this mean for you? Our strategic goals include putting more of what you want on the shelves, hosting programs that use and highlight our local resources, and improving our staff’s ability to assist you with new and standard technologies. Our next steps include defining our strategies for meeting those needs, streamlining our processes, improving our organizational readiness through training, and making sure that our budget can sustain any initiatives before we embark on them.

Want to know more? You can find out what’s happening at your local library and keep track of our progress through our monthly e-newsletters or on our website. If you are not already signed up for e-newsletters, you can do so by clicking “Sign Up for Library News” on the bottom of our website, or talking with a staff member the next time you are in your library.

However you use the library, we hope you find your story with us.

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