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:
- Programs & Services
When asked what thing they would change or improve, our community identified space as the number one item, corresponding with the desire to increase programs and services. While comments varied on what that meant specifically, key themes included remodeling or expanding the existing Third Street location, and locations for new space. When a new location was identified, Severance was the leader.
“The Advisory Group tackled the huge challenge of trying to envision how to move forward with the space we currently have in the face of a growing population,” said Trustee President Rochelle Brotsky.
“In order to provide the services that our growing community is asking for, we need to grow along with our community,” added Director Ann Kling. “Although some people would say that everything is virtual now, our recent experience with COVID-19 has proven otherwise. Our users are interested in physical materials and physical spaces. Our library is a connection point for the community and people crave connection.”
Through this focus area, the library district will evaluate all opportunities to provide adequate space for the programs and services that the community needs and wants. These opportunities may include remodeling the existing space, building new space, renting additional space, collaborating with other local agencies for the shared use of space, or expanding into new locations.
“We are a rapidly growing district,” said Trustee Ron Clark. “All opportunities need to be explored. If we are to pay attention to future needs, we are going to address this issue.”
“We will take a hard look at our current space to see what can be done to improve it for efficiency,” Kling expanded. “We will explore the feasibility of branch libraries and storage spaces and offsite work locations for some of our staff. Ultimately, we will need to come up with a plan to increase library space in one fashion or another.”
The Advisory Group outlined two goals in the Strategic Plan for the focus area of Space:
- Have sufficient and efficiently used space to house all programs and services in locations that are convenient for all district residents.
- Build strong community awareness of the space needs of the library district.
“The Clearview Library Board of Trustees hopes to creatively use our current resources to envision diverse space offerings that feel personal and inviting to each and every patron,” Brotsky said.
The Library Board of Trustees took the first steps in the Strategic Plan Implementation Matrix and hired an architect to conduct an in-depth analysis of our Third Street location on ways to maximize efficiency and address community feedback, like noise levels and a larger Quiet Space.
“We are lucky to have a really beautiful building, which, like all things, needs to be updated and maintained in order to function to its full capacity,” said Brotsky.
We’ll share updates on the progress and final recommendations from the architect in the newsletter, as well as on our Facebook page.