Planning

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.

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.

Each year, parents, teachers, and caregivers will have an opportunity to participate in at least 50 programs or resource-sharing activities.

  • This objective has been met. 61 programs were offered in 2014.
    • 2013: 55 programs

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.

  • This objective has been met for 2014. 100% of parents surveyed indicated that they are more aware of the importance of reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with their children. This survey was distributed in May and October 2014.
    • 2013: Survey not distributed

By the end of 2015, collaborative efforts with early learning agencies will be increased by 50%.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, collaborative efforts have increased by 56% compared to 2012.
    • 2012-2013 increase: 44%

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.

  • In process. 43,901 young children and their parents and caregivers attended an early learning program presented in 2014—63% of the goal.
    • 2013: 60,066

By the end of 2015, community libraries will have at least 5, and resource libraries will have at least 8, interactive discovery stations.

  • This objective has been met. All community libraries now have 5-7 interactive discovery stations. For the resource libraries, Spokane Valley has 8 interactive discovery stations and North Spokane has 11 interactive discovery stations.
    • 2013: All community libraries—3; Spokane Valley—4; North Spokane—9

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.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, 1193 people attended job skill and career development activities—119% of the objective. 

By the end of 2015, teen and adult use and awareness of career, test preparation, and higher education resources will increase by 100%.

  • Rationale: While initially conceived as an annual objective, given the increase in the resources we now offer, an increased cumulative objective better represents our intent.
  • In process. Instances of use increased from 4047 in 2012 to 7856 in 2014—a 94% increase.
    • 2012 to 2013 increase: 53%

Each year, teens and adults will have the opportunity to attend at least 100 career-related programs.

  • In process: In 2014, 74 career-related programs were offered—74% of the objective.
    • 2013: 39 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.

  • In process. An initial survey was distributed via our website in October 2014, but provided insufficient data. We’ll be revising the survey and distributing it in April and October 2015.
    • 2013: Survey not distributed

Each year, at least 1,000 people will participate in job skill and career development activities.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, 1193 people attended job skill and career development activities—119% of the objective.
    • 2013: 475 people participated

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.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, we provided 37 business support programs—148% of the objective.
    • 2013: 13 programs

Each year, we will partner with 50 local businesses or non-profits to provide collaborative programming with the library.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, we offered 343 collaborative programs with 53 different local businesses and non-profits.
    • 2013: 26 local businesses or 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.

  • In process. In 2014, we fulfilled 15 Book a Librarian requests for business-specific assistance. We’ve distributed approximately 250 business library cards since their October 2014 launch, and will be able to track their use in 2015.
    • 2013: Services were not fully established yet

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.

Each year, at least 75 community experts will share their knowledge in a library program.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, 105 community experts shared their knowledge in a program—140% of the current objective.
    • 2013: 72 community experts.

Each year, people will have at least 100 opportunities to attend community interest-driven programs.

  • This objective has been met. In 2014, we offered 131 programs that met the minimal attendance requirements—131% of the current objective.
    • 2013: 85 community interest-driven programs

Each year, items in the library will check out an average of 6 times.

  • In process: items check out an average of 5.3 times in 2014—88% of the goal.
    • 2013: 5.8 average check-outs

By the end of 2015, use of digital resources will increase by 50%.

  • In process. Instances of use of digital resources increased from 309,324 in 2012 to 450,019 in 2014 – a 45% increase.
    • 2012 to 2013 increase: 23%

Each year, at least 15,000 school-age children will attend a library program.

  • This objective has been met. 15,264 school aged children attended or participated in library programs, both in and outside the library.
    • 2013: 11,393 school-age children will attend a library program

Mature students working in libraryConnect Communities

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%.

  • There were 17 blog posts with community contributions in 2014. There were 171 community comments in 2014. The 2015 numbers will be compared to this baseline.

By the end of 2015, at least 90% of people surveyed will indicate the library helped them know what is happening in their community.

  • The survey will be designed and distributed in 2015.

By the end of 2015, community use of library meeting spaces will increase by 10%.

  • In process. Meeting room reservations increased 1% between 2012 and 2014.
    • 2012 to 2013 increase: 7%

Each year, every library will showcase local authors and/or artists at least 5 times.

  • In process. On average, each library has provided 12 showcases. 
    • 2013: On average, each library had provided 7 showcases.