What is the strategic plan for the Beaman Memorial Public Library?
For over 100 years, people of all ages have looked to the Beaman Memorial Public Library for books and information, for story times and community discussions, for computer lessons and sophisticated technology to find information – in short, for opportunities to read, learn and connect.
How does the library keep up with the many, varied needs of the community? It happens through strategic planning.
The strategic planning process is a substantial undertaking that achieves a variety of purposes. First, it gives a good picture of where the planning organization (in this case, the Library) currently is. Next, it provides a vision of where the community is and where it is going. Finally, the plan sets out what needs to be done and how to do it. In practical terms a strategic plan gives a focus and priority to everyday decision-making that permits us to put decisions into the broader perspective of organizational goals. Also, in very practical terms, strategic plans are a prerequisite to many grant funding opportunities, including all grants supported by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
This spring a nine-member community committee met to take a closer look at West Boylston and its community library. With the results of the work of this committee, the library next developed a community-wide survey to get the pulse of West Boylston citizens. The survey will help the director, staff, and trustees develop a Strategic Plan for the next five years. The Library would like to thank the 238 repondents who completed the Long Range Planning Survey. Results from the survey will be shared in the coming weeks.
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