Planning

With a year of the Community Impact Plan (CIP) now complete, the Spokane County Library District is able to assess the progress made in pursuing the individual objectives and their overarching goals.

During the past year, the District exceeded the anticipated numbers for some objectives, while coming close but not quite reaching others, and yet still having to build capacity in order to reach the rest. Variations are to be anticipated, considering that the metrics were established prior to the start of many of the initiatives. Once the initiatives got underway, they demonstrated how well the objectives meshed with practicality.

Revisions have been made to several objectives to better align with the resources and opportunities available. Revisions are noted below.

A detailed copy of the entire CIP progress report is available by clicking here.
You can also view the original planning brochure from 2013 by clicking here.

Elementary kidsDevelop Young Learners

Goal: Parents, teachers, and caregivers will have programs and services designed to help them prepare their children to start school.

  • Minimum 50 programs or resource-sharing activities offered annually

- Objective has been met for 2013. 55 programs were offered in 2013

  • Minimum least 90% of parents, teachers, and caregivers surveyed will indicate that they’re more aware of the importance of nurturing childhood literacy

- In process: The survey was designed in December 2013 and will be distributed in 2014

  • By 2015, collaborative efforts with early learning agencies will be increased by 50%

- Collaborative efforts have increased by 46% in 2013

Goal: Children birth to five will have the services and programs they need to enter school ready to learn.

  • Each year, 70,000 young children and their parents and caregivers will attend an early learning program presented by the library.

- 60,066 young children and their parents and caregivers attended an early learning program presented in 2013—85% of the goal.

  • Revised Objective: By the end of 2015, community libraries will have at least 5, and resource libraries will have at least 8, interactive discovery stations (Revised: number of interactive stations increased from 3 and 6, respectively)

- In process: All community libraries now have at least 3 interactive discovery stations. For the resource libraries, Spokane Valley has 4 interactive discovery stations and North Spokane has 9 interactive discovery stations.

About_Planning_B&CSupport Job Seekers and Local Businesses

Goal: Teens and adults will have the resources and opportunities they need to attain meaningful employment.

  • By the end of 2014, teen and adult use and awareness of career, test preparation, and higher education resources will increase by 20%.

- In process: By the end of 2013, the different resources tracked for this objective increased from 1% to 57%. Since several of these resources debuted in 2013, it’s difficult to provide a direct cumulative comparison between years. When counting each use of service or item as a separate instance, the Library District saw a 36% increase in 2013

  • Teens and adults will have the opportunity to attend at least 100 career-related programs

- In process: In 2013, 39 career-related programs were offered—39% of the objective

  • Minimum 90% of people surveyed will indicate the library provided the resources and opportunity they were looking for in regard to higher education, job skills, and career preparedness

- In process: The survey was designed in December 2013 and will be distributed in 2014

  • Minimum 1,000 people will participate in job skill and career-development activities

- In 2013, 475 people attended job skill and career-development activities—48% of the objective

Goal: Local businesses and non-profits will have the tools they need to develop and maintain successful and viable enterprises.

  • Each year, local businesses and non-profits will have the opportunity to participate in at least 25 local business support programs

- In process: In 2013, we provided 13 business support opportunity programs—52% of the objective

  • Revised Objective: Each year, we will partner with 50 local businesses or non-profits to provide collaborative programming with the library. (Revised: Opportunities replaced by partnerships.)

- In 2013, the Library District offered 171 collaborative programs with 26 different local businesses and non-profits.

  • By the end of 2015, at least 50 local businesses and non-profits will have used library resources to advance their business goals

- Forthcoming: The Library District is investigating ways of providing services to local businesses and non-profits, as well as how best to measure usage of such services

About_Planning_EDExplore and Discover

Goal: Everyone will have the resources they need to explore topics of interest and the support to share knowledge with others.

  • Revised Objective: At least 75 community experts will share their knowledge in a library program annually. (Revised: As the Library District exceeded the original goal of 50, objective was revised increasing the total number while keeping overall capacity in mind.)

- In 2013, 72 community experts share their knowledge—144% of the current objective.

  • Revised Objective: Citizens will have at least 100 opportunities to attend community interest-driven programs annually. (Revised: As the Library District exceeded the objective, it has been revised increasing the total number and having specific targets for each library. Also, it has been determined to not count any programs toward the goal that have an attendance of less than 10. It is important to track programs that are truly of interest to the community. In 2013, the Library District offered 143 community interest-driven programs – 198% of the objective. However, when applying the attendance factor to the past year’s offerings, eighty-five programs qualify.)

- In 2013, we offered 85 community interest-driven programs—118% of the current objective.

  • Items in the library will check out an average of 6 times, annually.

- In process: items check out an average of 5.6 times—93% of the goal.

  • Each year, use of digital resources will increase by 30%

- In process: Instances of use of digital resources increased from 309,324 in 2012 to 379,424 in 2013—a 23% increase

  • At least 15,000 school-age children will attend a library program each year.

- In process: 11,393 school-aged children attended library programs, both in and outside the library—76% of the objective.

Mature students working in libraryConnect Communities

Goal: Community members will connect with each other and engage in local activities.

  • Revised timeframe: By the end of 2015, the number of visits to the community-specific sections of the SCLD website will increase by 20% (Revised: from ‘each year’ to ‘by the end of 2015).

- Forthcoming: These sections of the website were developed in late 2013. The baseline will be established in 2014.

  • Revised Objective: The number of community-generated blog posts and responses on SCLD.org will increase by 20% by the end of 2015.

- Forthcoming: These sections of the website were developed in late 2013. The baseline will be established in 2014.

  • At least 90% of people surveyed will indicate the library helped them know what is happening in their community.

- Forthcoming: The survey will be designed and distributed starting in January 2015

  • Community use of library meeting spaces will increase by 10% by the end of 2015

- In process: Community group and individual use of meeting rooms increased 7% in 2013.

  • Every library will showcase local authors and/or artists at least 5 times each year

- In process: On average, each library has provided 7 showcases.