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Long Range Policy for the Colo Public Library
Library Long Range Plan After considerable study and gathering of information, the following long range plan for the Colo Public Library has been developed. OBJECTIVES AND ACTION PLANS TO ACHIEVE GOALS AS FOLLOWS: Goal 1: Plan for improvements that will keep facilities attractive, make best usage of space for materials and meet physical requirements of all citizens. Objective A: Determine shelving needs Activities: 1. Be conscientious in yearly weeding 2. Keep as large and current of collection as possible 3. Evaluate needs of patrons and enlarge where needed. Note requests. 4. Easy accessibility of materials to patrons and staff 5. Keep materials well-organized Objective B: Maintain handicapped accessibility Activities: 1. Maintain State standards for handicapped accessibility a. keep aware of State of Iowa requirements b. consider all placement of new furniture to maintain current requirements Goal 2: Keep library up-to-date with current technology and materials Objective A: Purchase software, cds and dvds as necessary to keep current materials available. Objective B: Keep up with technology, materials and training Goal 3: Funding Objective A: Have adequate funds to maintain and improve library Activities: 1. Show needs to city and county funding sources 2. Publicize gifts and memorials 3. Work for legislation of bills that help to fund libraries and also Send thank you notes to legislators 4. All funding reports to be completed in a timely manner Objective B: Prepare for larger circulation, needs of patrons and adequate staffing Activities: 1. Stimulate donations by providing superior service and materials 2. Maintain adequate staffing that provides superior service 3. Increase overall circulation 4. Evaluate collection for its appeal and responsiveness to the Intended age group Goal 4: Planning for future staffing needs Objective A: Expansion of hours, staff hours and personnel Activities: 1. Prepare budget and funding to cover cost of expansion 2. Schedule adequate personnel Objective B: Plan for change that occur in library positions Activities: 1. Make plans for various positions to be filled a. Director b. Children’s librarian c. Various types of staff necessary 2. Plan hours and duties of various positions a. Determine amount of hours each will need to carry out Tasks b. Determine budget necessary to accommodate positions Goal 5: The library will have information resources about community activities Objective A: Use the city newsletter and bulletin board Activity: The Colo Public Library will cooperate with the City of Colo to Provide information for the city newsletter and bulletin board Objective B: Use of the library’s website and facebook page Activity: The Colo Public Library will add features and content to the library’s web page Goal 6: The library will have resources and activities that will support learning and creativity for the youth of Colo community. Objective A: The number of young adults attending library programs will increase each year Activities: 1. The library will offer more young adult programs 2. The library staff will work with middle school youth to develop Programs and services 3. Weed juvenile fiction and replace with more currently appealing titles and editions Objective B: The number of day care providers regularly using the library services and collections will be maintained Activity: The library will communicate with the Colo community day care providers to develop a plan for activities and services that support their needs Objective C: The number of teachers using Library services and collections to support their students will be maintained Activity: The library will communicate with Colo-Nesco teachers to develop a plan for activities that support their needs Revised July 29, 2013