Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Listening session will highlight updated goals for Oshkosh Public Library

For information:

Lisa Voss
(920) 236-5211

Listening session will highlight updated goals for Oshkosh Public Library

March 29, 2010 – A library that is easy to use, that embraces the digital revolution, that collaborates in the pursuit of excellence and innovation and that finds creative ways to make a difference in people’s lives – that is what the Oshkosh Public Library aspires to be. The library will introduce proposed strategic plan updates that will focus efforts to achieve these goals during a public meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., on Monday, April 5. The session will be held in the library’s Lower Level Meeting Room.

Community members are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about proposed goals that the library will pursue during the period from July 2010 to December 2011. These goals represent continued progress on the library’s strategic plan, which underwent a major overhaul in 2007.

“A strategic plan should not be a static document that sits on a shelf once it is drafted,” explains Library Director Jeff Gilderson-Duwe. “Planning is an evolving process so we need to always be moving forward with initiatives that bring us closer to achieving our mission.”

Gilderson-Duwe will do a brief presentation explaining the proposed plan goals and then take questions and comments from the public. “We brought together some community leaders and library customers to help us develop these draft goals,” he says. “Now we want to hear from the general public; to listen to their views about the direction that their library should be taking to serve the needs of the Oshkosh community.”

The draft plan contains four broad strategies:

• The library will work to make a difference in the lives of all who use library services and to find ways to touch the lives of more area residents.

• The library will embrace sweeping changes that are moving ever more information into digital forms; we will offer services of value to digital natives and digital migrants.

• The library will offer collections, programs, services and facilities that are easy and enjoyable to use.

• The library will mobilize financial and human resources required for excellence and innovation.

Within each of these strategies, the draft plan outlines general goals to direct the development and enhancement of library collections, services and programs. “Public input helps library leadership to determine if we are focusing our efforts in areas that are valued by library users and the Oshkosh community as a whole,” Gilderson-Duwe says.

The public is encouraged to review the draft plan at www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org or to pick up a copy at the library. Individuals who cannot attend the listening session may e-mail suggestions via e-mail to director@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org or by calling 236-5212.


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