Dexter District Library Kicks Off Planning Process with Community Survey

The Dexter District Library has begun a multi-level strategic planning/visioning process and organizational review, which will be used to help guide the Library’s Board of Trustees and staff in planning for the future.

The impetus for the planning project is to update the service goals for the Library. The Library’s previous planning process culminated in opening the Alpine Street facility and developing the current slate of programs, services and collections. A revised strategic plan will ensure future services to meet resident’s needs, provide direction to the Library staff and enable the Library to focus on developing effective resources, planning appropriate events and providing well attended activities for the community.

All community members are invited and encouraged to complete a survey, available at Hard copies will also be available at the Library public service desks. The survey will be open through March 31, 2016.

The planning process will rely heavily on local involvement through a community survey, focus group sessions and interviews with key community leaders. “This is a tremendous opportunity and we want as much community input as possible,” said Library Director Paul McCann.

Marianne Hartzell, Joseph Mika and Robert Raz of Hartzell-Mika Consulting, a library consulting firm based in East Lansing, are facilitators for the project. The consultants spent time at the Library in late December to assess the Library’s current status.

Library Board members are enthusiastic about the planning process and eager to learn the results of the information that will be gathered from the community, especially in the areas of library growth and potential future services. “This strategic planning process will allow us to improve our resources and services to our patrons, so we are very interested in their input,” said Library Board President Jim LaVoie. “Having a strong plan will help the board, staff and community immensely as we plan for the future.”

Focus group sessions facilitated by Hartzell-Mika are scheduled at the Library on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet is located at the Library for anyone interested in participating in any of the sessions. Please call or visit the second floor Adult Reference Desk to sign up.

The information gained through the survey and focus group sessions will serve as a basis for discussions at two community planning sessions scheduled for Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, May 7, during which priorities will be identified for the Library, and specific goals and plans established.

Community members interested in participating in the community planning committee sessions can contact Library Director Paul McCann at 734-426-4477.Library Back

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