Having completed the second year of the three-year Community Impact Plan (CIP), the Library District is continuing to learn how to direct resources and programs to best meet goals and objectives. What has been most beneficial about the CIP is that it has provided a framework within which the District can plan and execute programs and services with greater intentionality.
Much like 2013, the District met or exceeded the anticipated numbers for some objectives, came close while not quite reaching others, and yet still has more work to do in order to reach the rest. The objectives were written with a certain degree of ambition and a willingness to take risks. Those that the District has yet to meet provide additional impetus to pursue them with greater focus. Those that have been met—and in some cases eclipsed—demonstrate that the District may have hit its stride in those areas. Those in which there has been some decline when compared to the previous year suggest capacity issues and other tension points the District will need to investigate further for potential solutions.
Goal: Parents, teachers, and caregivers will have programs and services designed to help them prepare their children to start school.
Each year, parents, teachers, and caregivers will have an opportunity to participate in at least 50 programs or resource-sharing activities.
Each year, at least 90% of parents, teachers, and caregivers surveyed will indicate that they’re more aware of the importance of reading, talking, playing, singing, and writing with their children.
By the end of 2015, collaborative efforts with early learning agencies will be increased by 50%.
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.
By the end of 2015, community libraries will have at least 5, and resource libraries will have at least 8, interactive discovery stations.
Goal: Teens and adults will have the resources and opportunities they need to attain meaningful employment.
By the end of 2015, teen and adult use and awareness of career, test preparation, and higher education resources will increase by 100%.
Each year, teens and adults will have the opportunity to attend at least 100 career-related programs.
By the end of 2015, at least 90% of people surveyed will indicate the library provided the resources and opportunities they were looking for in regard to higher education, job skills, and career preparedness.
Each year, at least 1,000 people will participate in job skill and career development activities.
Goal: Local businesses and nonprofits will have the tools they need to develop and maintain successful and viable enterprises.
Each year, local businesses and nonprofits will have the opportunity to participate in at least 25 local business support programs.
Each year, we will partner with 50 local businesses or non-profits to provide collaborative programming with the library.
By the end of 2015, at least 50 local businesses and non-profits will have used library resources to advance their business goals.
Goal: Everyone will have the resources they need to explore topics of interest and the support to share knowledge with others.
Each year, at least 75 community experts will share their knowledge in a library program.
Each year, people will have at least 100 opportunities to attend community interest-driven programs.
Each year, items in the library will check out an average of 6 times.
By the end of 2015, use of digital resources will increase by 50%.
Each year, at least 15,000 school-age children will attend a library program.
Goal: Community members will connect with each other and engage in local activities.
By the end of 2015, the number of visits to the community-specific sections of the Library District’s website will increase by 20%. There were 106,787 visits to the community-specific sections of the website in 2014. The 2015 numbers will be compared to this baseline. By the end of 2015, the number of community blog contributions and comments on SCLD.org will increase by 20%.
By the end of 2015, at least 90% of people surveyed will indicate the library helped them know what is happening in their community.
By the end of 2015, community use of library meeting spaces will increase by 10%.
Each year, every library will showcase local authors and/or artists at least 5 times.