The Copperas Cove Public Library’s strategic plan should help direct the department’s operations for the next five years.
An item in the city’s master plan calls for the library to become more of a virtual or digital library, said Library Director Kevin Marsh. And while that goal isn’t 100 percent clear, the goals set forth in the library’s strategic plan outline objectives and measures to help the city achieve the objective.
“I see it as part of our goal to be a gateway for the community into that virtual library,” Marsh said. “The most effective use of information resources that can be found anywhere should be found here.”
The strategic plan, which was approved by the Cove City Council last week, lists four goals with numbered objectives. The goals include:
- Stimulating the use of library services by new residents, current non-users, the business community, city staff and diverse community organizations.
- Helping the community make optimal use of evolving information technologies.
- Encouraging and supporting recreational reading for all age groups.
- Providing world-class information services with accurate information on a broad array of topics related to work, school and life.
“It identifies all the major goals and measures,” Marsh said.
Measures for the first goal include items such as attending six or more community organization presentations per year and providing at least 25 adult programs or events a year.
“They are all achievable but in order to achieve it, then we need the support of our city and our community,” Marsh said.
Community support is already strong, but the library needs to build its patronage and plans to do so by using social media websites and other outreach methods to bring others into the library for general use and special programs, Marsh said.
Objectives in the plans also create measures of success for the department’s outreach.
Marsh said one of the most interesting objectives popular at other libraries involves creating a “Technology Petting Zoo.”
In such a program, patrons are allowed to use several different mobile devices, such as tablets and e-readers, to establish how well those electronic devices can work for residents.
“I want them to be able to check them out,” Marsh said. “They can learn what that device can do for them and learn what these tools can accomplish.”
If people are checking out digital audio books and electronic books, they shouldn’t be able to borrow the devices to use that software, Marsh said.
Ultimately, the plan also will help direct the City Council during future budgeting processes and with staffing and equipment needs. The four-page strategic plan was created by the city’s Library Advisory Board.