The library’s New Year’s resolutions [UPDATED]Published 9:02am Friday, January 6, 2012 Updated 11:03am Friday, January 6, 2012
Last week, I took a moment to reflect on the library’s accomplishments in 2011.
Thank you to all of the wonderful library staff, city staff, volunteers, the Friends of the Library and our customers and supporters who helped make 2011 a great year at the library despite a sluggish global economy and constrained budgets.
As we look forward to 2012 at the library, we plan to continue our positive momentum.
The Library Board and Fergus Falls City Council recently adopted an updated version of the library’s Long Range Plan, which spans the years 2010-2015. The updated version includes specific emphasis on what we at the library plan to accomplish in 2012, our list of New Year’s resolutions, if you will.
The entire plan can be accessed on the library’s website (www.fergusfalls.lib.mn.us) underneath the “Library Policies” menu option.
Library staff and the Library Board decide what our goals are for the year based on our desire to achieve the library’s mission, which is to “connect people, information and ideas to promote lifelong learning, literacy development, and community involvement to assure the best quality of life.”
Some of the highlights for 2012 include:
• Creating a Library Task Force to help inform community members about the library and its future needs and to gather input from community members about library collections, services, programs and infrastructure.
This is anticipated to be a two-year effort and will include surveys and focus groups. Basically, in 2012, we want to hear from you.
We’re always interested in your comments, but in 2012, we’re making a special effort to gather your input.
This input will be used as the library moves forward. The information we gather will help us determine which traditional services are most valued by the community, help us plan for adding new services, resources and programs, and as we examine what type of infrastructure is necessary and desired to meet future needs.
• As the community’s vital technology hub, the library will also continue to focus on technology integration at the library.
Special efforts will include offering technology classes for the community, increasing the number of digital books and audiobooks the library offers and broadening the library’s integration of eReader and tablet computer devices into its services.
As always, the library is here to serve your informational, educational, and recreational needs.
Please visit our website (www.fergusfalls.lib.mn.us) and join us on facebook (www.facebook.com/ fergusfallspubliclibrary) to keep up-to-date on library service and program offerings.
See you at the library in 2012 and beyond.
Erin Smith is the library director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.