In recent months, there has been plenty of change for the 59,102 library borrowers and staff alike at the Puyallup Public Library.
With those changes meant the need to create a new strategic plan after the previous one expired in 2013. Library officials hope to gather what the community wants and needs out of the library in a series of open houses and an online survey.
“What we’re trying to do is get our plan up to date, as well as do some long-range thinking so that the library has some good projects to work toward,” said interim library director Rhonda Gould. “This is so the library can think about different programming opportunities or different services for the Puyallup area.”
The library staff’s priorities in forming the strategic plan were technology, community outreach, staffing, funding and library programing. Now that the staff has shared its vision, Gould is reaching out to the community to gauge likes and dislikes, and where residents see the future of the library heading.
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“It gives the community a chance to provide input into our planning,” she said. “It gives them a chance to meet interim director as well. I think it’s important for the community to have a face with someone at the library, whether it’s me, our circulation staff or one of our librarians. I always like to have a personal stamp on interactions with patrons.”
So far, about 60 people have responded to the online survey, and according to Gould, most of the comments are positive.
“There’s a section for regular library users and a section for those that don’t use the library as often,” Gould said. “I think the section for those that don’t use the library will be the most illuminating in terms of what the results will indicate. Hopefully we will get some good feedback and be able to incorporate that into our planning.”
Mainly, Gould is looking for direction in the library’s core values in order to plan activities around those, and work on goals and objectives that are easily attainable in the next year and for years to come. In addition to updating the library’s core values, Gould is also looking for input in revising the mission statement as well.
“The more input and feedback we get, the better,” she said.
The first open house was held May 27, and the next will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 in the Library Board Room. Gould will be there to hear input into the planning process.
To fill out the online survey, visit surveymonkey.com/s/PPLStrategicPlanningCommunitySurvey.