The Board of the Collingwood Public Library is seeking community feedback to help prepare a strategic plan to guide the library's progress for the next four years.
According to CEO Ken Haigh, the library is one of the busiest public buildings in Collingwood with more than 650 people entering its doors each day. "If we are to continue to be a vital and exciting part of the Collingwood community," he says, "we need to look ahead."
The last strategic plan for the library was published in 1991. Since then, libraries have changed considerably. Traditional services have been augmented with electronic resources, such as eBooks, online research databases, and downloadable audio books. The library is now being used in non-traditional ways as a place to hold public meetings, to create resumes, fill in tax returns, or book airline tickets. The library is also doing more community outreach, extending its services beyond the four walls of the building.
"The first step in our strategic planning process is to reach out into our Collingwood community to find out what residents want to see in their library," says Chris Cable, chair of the Collingwood Public Library Board. "It's not about spending more money - it's about using our resources in a smarter way - in a way that Collingwood residents say they want."
Short 10 minute surveys are available in-person at the front desk of the library at 55 Ste Marie Street and at Town Hall, as well as online. In June, street teams will be visiting public spaces and events to gather information.
"We want the community to tell us what we are doing well, where we can improve, what new services they would like to see," says Haigh. "Are there things we are doing now that people feel are no longer necessary? This is an opportunity for people to have their say and help us continue to provide first-rate library service to the citizens of Collingwood."
The Collingwood Public Library is committed to guiding our community in the pursuit of information, the wonder of lifelong learning, and the enrichment of social and cultural experiences. At the heart of the community, the Collingwood Public Library is an inclusive environment seeking universal accessibility.