Library Looks for Community Input on Strategic Plan
CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library has embarked on a process to create a strategic plan and is looking for community input.
“With declining revenue and the current economic climate, it’s very important to know what our community wants and needs from our library,” says library director Eva Davis. “A plan to guide us for the next three years will help us focus our efforts and resources to best serve the community.”
The library has contracted with Susan Kennedy, owner of Canton-based K2Communication Plus, to facilitate. Kennedy will oversee qualitative and quantitative research to gain an understanding of user needs, expectations and experience with the Canton Public Library in order to provide a framework for the strategic planning process.
Residents may give feedback in a number of ways. Eight focus group sessions were held in early February to gather the opinions of specific user groups. The Canton Public Library website, www.cantonpl.org, has a strategic plan page with updates and a blog comment format to encourage community response. Web users may also contribute through the library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Strategic plan comment boxes are located throughout the library to collect feedback cards and discussions with staff are encouraged.
“Our goal is to come out of the process with a strategic plan that identifies the major needs in our community so we can implement programs and acquire resources to appropriately serve those needs,” says Davis. “We really value the input of community stakeholders and look forward to hearing their comments.”
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