Strategic plan for Garfield County libraries |

Strategic plan for Garfield County libraries

Library Spotlight
Wilma Paddock
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Public Library District is embarking on its next phase as a library district. Having completed a strategic plan for fiscal years 2008 to 2011, the library district is poised to start working on improving facilities in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute.

The strategic planning process began in July, 2007, with meetings with each community creating five Community Planning Committees. At each meeting, participants brainstormed about what services they would like to see for their town or city. Working with consultant June Garcia, they worked through a process to determine how the library could assist in achieving these goals. Finally, each group identified the service priorities that would drive the design of the new or remodeled library for each community.

Next, the library district convened a District Planning Committee, which took all the data from the Community Planning Committees and distilled it into a single set of goals for the library district, based on the service priorities identified by each community. The library administrative team created a list of goals, objectives and activities that would address the identified library service priorities. They set goals to meet the needs identified, objectives to measure their success and activities that would ensure that both would be met.

The Library Board of Trustees presented a draft of the strategic plan to the participants from the District and Community Planning Committees on Tuesday, March 4. The members were enthusiastic about the plan and the steps it has laid out to start construction of our new and remodeled libraries.

Next up, consultant Ron Dubberly is using the strategic plan as a guideline in creating two Facilities Master Plans for the library district, which will be used as the “blueprint” for an architect to follow as new or remodeled buildings are planned. For example, one of the library service priorities identified was “Visit a Comfortable Place.” This would be interpreted as comfortable chairs, good lighting, quiet areas for those who prefer quiet, and social areas for those who want to talk.

The library district will begin working with each community to identify the scope and direction of each project, including whether the library should be remodeled or built in a new location. The district is very excited about completing its strategic plan and that work on new and improved facilities can begin. The entire strategic plan is on its website, Choose About Us and scroll down to Strategic Plan.

Wilma Paddock is a business manager for the Garfield County Library District.

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