Library Annual Plan

Strategic Plan FY 2022

Approved with amendments by the Board of Library Trustees for Caroline County   

August 11,  2021

 

Mission

The Caroline County Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives, increase knowledge, and build community.

Introduction

Our primary goal is to have the staff, facilities, materials, programs, and partnerships that make us leaders in educating and engaging our community. 

 Four influences will continue to frame services and programs offered  and how we provide them this fiscal year:  COVID-19, hiring new staff and rebuilding our staff team, the current economy,  and the movement for racial justice in our nation.

 We are committed to:

  • Providing timely and accurate information and assisting customers to identify authoritative information and sources.
  • Strengthening and ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team in order to maintain high levels of customer service and responsiveness to the community.
  • Strategically designing services, programming and marketing, along with improved access to services to bring our library users back to our three locations as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including curbside on demand, open hours adjustments for better access for youth and working people.
  • Strategically designing new services to meet rapidly changing needs, focusing on community engagement beyond our facilities.
  • Keeping facilities well maintained and responsive to customer needs.
  • Gathering and sharing stories that demonstrate the power of the library to educate and enrich the lives of our community members.

 

 

Strategic Goals

Management

Staff  Development

  • Review and update the Staff Handbook.
  • Rebuild the staff team through hiring, training, coaching and mentoring.
  • Update all job descriptions.
  • Update/develop departmental procedures and documentation.

 

Safety

  • Continue work on the new Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Follow the training plan included in the COOP.
  • Review and revise the Safety Handbook and review regularly with all staff.
  • Update the trifold Safety pocket response document.
  • Review our emergency closing checklist.

 

Capital Improvements

  • Complete the design for the Central Library first floor renovation that both has health & safety in mind and meets the needs of our customers.
  • Complete upgrading North County Branch’s public area furniture for more customer comfort, and flexibility for programing.
  • Work with the Caroline County Commissioners to complete a storm water management plan for the Central Library.
  • Work with the Caroline County Commissioners to replace the Central Library back pitched roof slate.

Education

Learning from Home

Support the needs of families as they adapt to virtual and blended learning programs. The following stakeholders have been identified:

  • Traditional homeschoolers
  • Families with students enrolled in asynchronous learning.

 

Each of these stakeholder groups will have different needs and require different supports. We will identify how to best meet these needs, and develop programs and services accordingly. Additionally, we will market existing services to these groups.

 

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Learning

  • Continue to develop and offer strong STEAM programming for youth of all ages.

 

Early Childhood Learning

  • Continue to develop and offer strong Early Childhood programming in a safe manner in partnership with organizations serving young children and their families.
  • Continue to maintain enrollment in and funding for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

 

Adult Learning

  • Continue to provide and promote materials, resources and connections to adult learners.

 

Economic Growth

  • Assist those looking for jobs and/or applying for unemployment
  • Support partners by sharing and promoting economic and employment opportunities to the public.

Engagement

Outreach & Community Engagement

  • Host a variety of culturally enriching programs in collaboration with community partners.
  • Host a variety of topical and civic programs in collaboration with community partners.
  • Host programs that address race and social justice in collaboration with community partners.
  • Market programs through website, social media, traditional media, and partners.
  • Promote MyFamilyNeeds.info to partners and the public.
  • Continue to work with the Friends of the Library to increase their membership base and fundraising.
  • Work with Friends of the Library to develop a capital campaign for them to raise funds to assist with Central and NCB furniture costs.

 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accesibility

Recognizing that actions speak louder than words, the Library commits to the following goals:

  • We will continue our efforts to make our collections and our buildings more accessible and welcoming to everyone. This includes providing access to technology to help bridge the digital divide.
  • We will continue to regularly evaluate our library programs and collections to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community.
  • We will continue to seek out diverse Board members to govern the Library.
  • We will continue to expand our Outreach programs to ensure we are reaching customers who do not have library access or who have traditionally been underserved.
  • Our Marketing efforts will continue to use a variety of mediums to reach library users. We will continue to create Marketing materials and Library displays that reflect the communities we serve.
  • Our recruitment efforts will concentrate on recruiting qualified marginalized and underrepresented populations, so our library staff reflects the communities we serve.
  • We will work with our Friends of the Library group to recruit members who reflect the communities we serve.
  • We will train staff at all levels in the organization on topics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • We recognize Caroline County’s history of social injustices including racism and will commit to providing educational materials and programming addressing social justice.
  • We recognize that there is no “finish line”, but instead a continuous process of teaching and learning.