Inside the Strategic Plan — Focus Area 2: Partnerships

Clearview Library District News


The Clearview Library District began the new year with the launch of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, which establishes a clear vision for serving the community and fulfilling our mission: Cultivate Curiosity. Enlighten the Mind. Strengthen the Community. In this four-part series, we’ll dive into each of the focus areas.

Through our extensive community engagement process for the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, four common themes emerged from your feedback:

  1. Communication
  2. Partnerships
  3. Programs & Services
  4. Space

Community Feedback

“The community served by the library district places a strong value on partnerships, and the library already has some very solid partnerships at the operational level,” said strategic plan facilitator Sheryl Trent of S Brand. “The Advisory Group also realized the value of building new partnerships and strengthening existing partnerships within the community as a whole.”

 This feedback largely centered around ways to improve inter-organization communication, collaboration, and transparency.

“They had some specific feedback for the library in areas such as working with the two towns, sharing information in various ways, and also improving communications as potential opportunities for the library,” Trent said.


Future Plans

Through the strategic planning efforts and beyond, the Clearview Library District looks to strengthen partnerships across the community through collaborative efforts and consistent, clear communication.

“Partnerships are critical to the long-term success of any organization, and, in particular, community driven organizations, such as the Clearview Library District,” Trent said. “Increased communication leads to better understanding, and closer partnerships can allow the library to share with a wider range of people that will benefit.”

To meet this vision, the Advisory Group outlined three goals in the Strategic Plan:

  1. Establish and maintain ongoing and trusting relationships with key organizations and institutions throughout the library district.
  2. Foster ongoing partnerships with other agencies for collaborative results in areas such as space, marketing / communications, programming, and services.
  3. Foster and maintain collaboration and support for communication efforts with all partners in the community.

The district will continue to work with other organizations to maximize resources, especially in a growing community where space is at a premium.

“Hopefully we will be able to continue to share resources to the benefit of all taxpayers in the community,” said Director Ann Kling. “There is always room to improve existing partnerships and to grow new partnerships, and that is something we will be working on for the next three years.”

“I think we are on the right track,” said Library Board Trustee Kendra Adams. “Partnerships within the community will build better communication and show cooperation between entities, which to the taxpayer will promote confidence and a check and balance.”

View the entire 2020-2022 Strategic Plan and the four focus areas for the next three years. Action items for each focus area can be found in the Implementation Matrix

Updates on the progress of plan initiatives will be presented to the Library Board of Trustees each quarter, as well as posted to the Strategic Plan webpage with all of the process documents.