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Strategic Plan

The Canton Public Library has completed the planning process of our strategic plan, to help us determine how to best serve your needs. With dwindling dollars and challenging economic times, your input is very important in deciding how to allocate our resources over the next three years.

Please comment on posts on this page and participate in our online surveys. We also have special Strategic Plan comment cards in the library or you may also post comments on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. And yes, we welcome and encourage face-to-face conversations with library staff.

For more information on our Strategic Plan, take a look at the insert in the September/October issue of Connections, our bimonthly newsletter.


Recent Strategic Plan Entries

Coffee with a Cop

Stop in the library on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 AM to noon and have a cup of coffee and conversation with an officer from the Canton Township Public Safety.

The Coffee with a Cop program provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Canton’s neighborhoods and business districts.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” says Deputy Chief Scott Hilden. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Canton Community Survey

CPL Strategic Plan GoalsThe Canton Public Library and Canton Leisure Services have teamed up with ETC Institute to conduct a statistically-valid community survey to assist in planning and prioritizing for both organizations. If you are one of the 3,000 randomly-selected Canton households to receive the survey, please fill it out and return it promptly. The 30-question survey should take about ten minutes to complete. Your responses will help us better understand your needs and prioritize our Strategic Plan efforts for the next several years. Your opinion is very valuable and we greatly appreciate your time.

2014 Budget Approved

At the Budget Hearing on September 19, 2013, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2014 budget and set the 2014 millage rate. The millage rate remains the same at 1.5437, and the total 2014 budget of $5,599,410 reflects use of some of our Fund Balance (essentially, our savings account) to 1) make building improvements, and 2) bring the library's pension account to 100% funding.

1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive look at how library spaces are used, how that usage has changed over time, and what changes you'd like to see to improve our interactions with you. In addition to your feedback and suggestions, we also considered the entire building; the original library building is now 25 years old, and the library additions are now 12 years old. Much of our equipment and fixtures date back to the original construction and are due (some overdue) for replacement. In 2013, we were able, through donations and use of Fund Balance, to update and renovate some library spaces--new study rooms were added in the east wing of the library, and renovations were done in our Community Room and Quiet Study Room, as well as in the staff kitchen. These updates and replacements will continue in 2014 with updates to the main area of the library, with our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSI Project).

Help Us Celebrate

Library Journal CoverYou are invited to join the Canton Public Library and Canton Township as we celebrate the receipt of the LibraryAware Community Award, cosponsored by Library Journal and  LibraryAware, part of EBSCO Publishing's NoveList Division.

 Friday, May 10, 2013
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Road
Canton, MI

Light refreshments will be served. All members of our community are encouraged to attend and children are welcome.

Eye Glasses Needed

According to the World Health Organization, 284 million people worldwide suffer from poor vision simply because they do not have access to or cannot afford care. In some countries, a pair of eyewear costs more than a month's salary.
Now through April 8, students from the PCEP chapter of the National Honor Society are collecting eyewear for OneSight, a charitable organization dedicated to providing free eye care to those in need. You can drop your donation of prescription glasses in the collection box near the Reception Desk. 

About Canton History

The Canton History project is intended to foster connections per our 2009 Strategic Plan. It launched in October 2010 with an initial batch of over 900 items.

Strategic Plan

Objective (#3): The Canton Public Library will service the community by being a conduit for connections between residents and local groups, through the awareness of needs and opportunities.

Create a digital archive to connect the community

  • Pursue partnerships within the community to establish the library as the digital repository for local historical and community information
  • Develop plan for grant initiative to fund digital archive
  • Review existing infrastructure
  • Develop implementation plan
  • Implement and evaluate plan

The Plan

We are presently digitizing Canton Public Library's history, using the experience of doing so to improve our workflow and interface. Soon we will pursue more community partnerships and digitize materials from outside the library.

If you have artifacts of possible historical significance to Canton communities, please contact Brad Czerniak, our Digital Resources Developer.

If you would like to assist with the Canton History project, learn more about volunteering at CPL, then contact Kathie Gladden, Volunteer Coordinator.

Standards

Images and Documents should be scanned at 600dpi whenever practical
  • Images larger than 5"7" but smaller than the scanner's full tray may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
  • Slides and other small-format images should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 2400dpi
  • Images larger than the scanner tray may be scanned in multiple passes if the risk of damage to the original is negligible, but should also be photographed for contextual purposes
  • Documents should generally be done at 600dpi to allow for Optical Character Recognition. Documents with type no smaller than 24-point may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
  • Audio should be recorded at the highest practical bit rate given recording circumstances
  • Video should be recorded at the highest practical resolution and bit rate given recording circumstances
  • Objects should be photographed or otherwise recorded individually without added context in well-considered lighting at high resolution, per the camera's capabilities
All fixed visual artifacts (images, documents) should be saved as uncorrected full-quality TIFF files, unless such output is unavailable on the scanner or camera.
Audio should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device
Video should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to the Canton Historical Society and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for support in this continuing relationship.

Additionally, this project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the 2010 CPL Summer Interns, Jared and Hilary.

Week 5 - About Your Interests and Hobbies

Help Us Help YouIn order to help develop programs and services, the CPL would like to know more about your interests and hobbies.

Week 4 - About You and Technology

Help Us Help YouAs CPL strives to keep up with the latest and greatest of everything, it's important to know where you stand on using technology.

3rd Week - About Your Education/Work

Help Us Help YouTell us about yourself in terms of your education and career. We'd like to understand how much of your life is devoted to work.

Week 2 - About Your Lifestyle

Help Us Help YouNow that we know a little more about YOU, we'd like to understand more about your home-life, your family, your lifestyle. This week in the comments, let's talk about lifestyle. How would you describe yourself in terms of personal lifestyle or culture?