Strategic Plan

MECHANICSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLAN 2016-2020 Adopted by the Mechanicsburg Public Library Board of Trustees July 20, 2016​

Introduction:  What do we want to do in the next few years at the Mechanicsburg Public Library?  Our strategic planning process included a 2016 survey with ideas gathered from youth and adults, business people, school personnel, and village officials.  The Board of Trustees and Library employees discussed the survey and focus group results, as well as the recommendations from planning specialists at the State Library of Ohio.  This plan is the result.  It is not a complete listing of everything we do and plan to do.  We appreciate the community help and support in the past and gratefully anticipate partnering on our future achievements.

Mission:  The Mechanicsburg Public Library shall provide information in print and non-print formats, services, programs, and facilities to help meet the educational, recreational, informational, cultural, and literacy needs of all current and potential library's users.  The library's collection shall reflect the accepted standards of literary quality as well as the current interests and tastes of the community.

Mechanicsburg Public Library Service Responses:

SR 1 Community Resources and Services
Addresses the need for information related to services provided by community agencies and organizations.  Description:  Residents will have a central source for information about the wide variety of programs, services, and activities provided by community agencies and organizations.

Goal 1.1:  Increase awareness of Library services.

Objective 1.1.1:  Promote Library materials, services, and programs to the public.

Objective 1.1.2: Ensure employees are knowledgeable about using Library resources.

Objective 1.1.3:  Evaluate the costs and benefits of new signs to direct and inform the public about Library collections and services.
Objective 1.1.4: Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with organizations and businesses in the community to extend resources and maximize public service.

Goal 1.2: Develop relationships and communication channels with near-by public libraries for idea and program sharing.

Objective 1.2.1: Communicate and collaborate with St. Paris Public Library and Champaign County Public Library.  

Goal 1.3: Coordinate with community organizations and groups to collect information about availability of support services.

Objective 1.3.1: Assess needs of under-served community members and identify areas of service that align with Library mission.

Goal 1.4: Promote library events with local businesses, organizations, non-profits, and schools.

Objective 1.4.1: Increase exposure for public to information about events and services provided by the Library.

SR 2 Places
Addresses the need of people to meet and interact with others in their community and to participate in public discourse about community issues.  Description:  Residents will have safe and welcoming physical spaces to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read and will have open and accessible virtual spaces to support networking.

Goal 2.1: Improve space, accessibility and accommodations within the current Library building.

Objective 2.1.1: Work within the current physical space to improve furniture and collection layouts.

Objective 2.1.2:  Manage furniture and equipment inventory.

Objective 2.1.3:  Improve employee workflow.

Goal 2.2:  Improve accessibility to the building.  

Objective 2.2.1: Investigate options for improving accessibility.

SR 3 Titles to Read, View, and Listen
Addresses the need for information about popular cultural and social trends and supports a desire for satisfying recreational experiences.  Description:  Residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they want when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.

Goal 3.1:  Increase access to print and digital books, videos, magazines and other circulating items.

Objective 3.1.1:  Assess and evaluate costs and benefits of electronic resources to improve access to digital items.

Goal 3.2: Manage collections of materials.

Objective 3.2.1:  Maintain collections of print and other physical format items for circulation or reference use.

Objective 3.2.2: Improve item processing speed.

Objective 3.2.3:  Provide an accurate and useful catalog of Library items.

Goal 3.3: Improve connectivity to Internet, software and digital resources.
Objective 3.3.1: Increase quality of connection and volume of access options.

SR 4 Information Literacy
Addresses the need for skills related to finding, evaluating, and using information effectively.  Description:  Residents will know when they need information to resolve an issue or answer a question and will have the skills to search for, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information to meet their needs.

Goal 4.1: Provide homework assistance for students.

Objective 4.1.1: Provide homework assistance to students in print and digital formats.

Goal 4.2:  Provide support for adults and teens to improve their literacy skills in order to meet their personal goals and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, citizens, and workers.

Objective 4.2.1: Provide resources and reference services.

Sources: The New Planning for Results: A Streamlined Approach by Sandra Nelson and Strategic Planning for Results by Sandra Nelson and State Library of Ohio Strategic Planning Service Consultant