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
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).
6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Road
Light refreshments will be served. All members of our community are encouraged to attend and children are welcome.
Strategic PlanObjective (#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 PlanWe 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.
StandardsImages 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
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
AcknowledgmentsSpecial 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.
Each week we will have a blog post in which members of the CPL community can respond to get know one another. Your feedback will also be included in the Help Us Help You research and help focus our efforts. Please sign in and take our survey. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also take the survey without signing in.
This week we would like to know (in the comments) — What inspires you?
If you'd like to see the process behind our strategic plan as presented to the Library Board of Trustees, just view this Presentation: