Campbell County Public Library System Releases 5-Year Strategic Plan
Campbell County Public Library System (CCPLS) is pleased to announce a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives. The plan runs through 2018 and includes the library system’s mission, vision, strategic priorities, goals, and key objectives. The Library Board, Library Foundation and members of the CCPLS staff began working on this plan during the last quarter of 2013 and the plan has been recently approved by the Campbell County Board of Commissioners.
“Strategic plans help libraries set priorities, allocate resources, and make sure employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals,” said Terri Lesley, CCPLS Director. “Our overall goal at this point was to create a road map for the future that strongly focuses on our patrons and community.”
The plan was created keeping in mind community stakeholders such as: residents of Campbell County; personnel of the library; CCPLS Board of Directors and Library Foundation Board; County Commissioners and other elected officials; Campbell County Schools, private schools and other educators in the County; Campbell County Service organizations for seniors; Wyoming State Library, the library profession and other library systems; Campbell County’s cultural community; Campbell County’s philanthropic community; Campbell County’s business community.
Changes to the community and library profession over the last ten years have inspired CCPLS to analyze whether the needs of the community are being met. Most notably, population has grown, demographics have shifted, and technology has continued to evolve at a rapid rate. The purpose of this plan is to achieve meaningful change within the county libraries that will benefit Campbell County residents while continuing a tradition of outstanding library service already proven in Campbell County.
The plan establishes six strategic organization priorities: Facilities/Space, Programs and Services, Collections, Technology, Outreach, and Administration. Twenty goals within the plan support the priorities through numerous strategies. An example of one Facilities/Space goal is to “provide facilities that safeguard the Campbell County Public Library’s position as an asset to its community.” That goal is followed by an objective to “evaluate the capacity of the Campbell County Public Library building to determine if a new building is needed to meet the service, technology and physical space requirements of a growing community” through a strategy of submitting “a capital construction funding request for a feasibility study, hire a consultant, and conduct the study.” A number of the goals of the plan are already in progress.
“It’s exciting to see this plan go into effect,” said Lesley. “We are fortunate in Campbell County, and in Wyoming, in that our leadership has always supported public libraries.”
The complete plan is available for viewing on the library web site at www.ccpls.org. Click on the rotating banner on the home page or on the “About Us” tab and scroll to “Strategic Plan.”
“We welcome any input regarding the current plan,” said Lesley. “Future plans will definitely seek feedback from county residents so moving forward CCPLS wants to establish public involvement. Libraries have always been community cornerstones and our patrons are the driving force in what future libraries will look like.”