On May 20, 2014, the voters of Jackson County approved the formation of a Special Library District, breathing new life into our 15-branch public library system. With dedicated funding, Jackson County’s public libraries have a promising future and so do our patrons!
The Jackson County Library District (JCLD) is an independent unit of local government dedicated to library operations in Jackson County. The library system operates as Jackson County Library Services.
The District is governed by an independent, unpaid Board of Directors elected by the local community.
Jackson County Library District 205 S. Central Ave Medford, OR 97501
The Jackson County Library District Board meets regularly on the third Thursday of each month at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S Central Avenue. (Due to COVID-19 precautions, Board Meetings may be held via online video conferencing.) The agenda for the upcoming meeting is typically posted the Friday before the meeting. Occasionally, the Board may have special meetings to discuss specific topics or public hearings as required by law.
Agendas for those meetings, as well as the packet of supplementary information prepared for each meeting, will also be posted below with the associated meeting. Once meeting minutes are approved by the Board, those will be posted below.
The Jackson County Library District’s Budget Committee consists of the five members of the local governing body and an equal number of citizens at large. The citizens are appointed by the governing body and serve terms of three years. Terms are staggered so that one-third of the appointed terms end each year.
The date, time, location and agenda of Budget Committee meetings are posted online in the JCLD Calendar.
The Jackson County Library District’s Board of Directors launched a strategic planning process in October, 2015 to chart a future course. Many individuals and groups shared their ideas, insights and passions in the development of this plan. Jackson County Library District is a public institution, funded by the public for the public. A great deal of effort went into consulting the public about what it needs from our libraries.
The planning process began November, 2015 with twenty community meetings held across all library branches. An additional six meetings were held off-site in community locations. During weeks that followed the meetings, more feedback was solicited in each branch through a “sandwich board” holding Post-It note suggestions. More than 1,000 community voices provided input about the desired Jackson County Library Services priorities.
In December, 2015 nine focus group sessions with 122 community leaders from a wide range of sectors including education, arts, business, social services, Friends of the Libraries and the Jackson County Library Foundation provided vital feedback about how the library system can help these leading organizations meet their community goals. All library staff shared their ideas in meetings, and as the final plan evolved staff were involved in identifying key strategies.
Key themes emerged to guide the development of the 2016 – 2021 Jackson County Library District Strategic Plan. Our libraries must:
play a central role in the education of members of our community from preschoolers through seniors
build a collection that meets community needs
be focal points and resource hubs for individuals and communities
team with the public, community and business organizations to expand the library system reach through partnerships
support a love of reading, personal growth and learning
build an informed citizenry
Throughout this planning process, the Strategic Plan Project Management Team, the Blue Ribbon Citizen Oversight Committee and the Library District Board of Directors met regularly to review results of these various inputs and to delve into the specifics of many topics including technology, education, social, economic trends and effective partnership strategies.
The groups served as a sounding board and source of inspiration, contributing to thought-provoking and ambitious perspectives from academia, business, and the community-at-large. The Jackson County Library District Board of Directors, the system’s governing body, stewarded the plan, providing key junctures and providing the plan’s foundation.
Adopted on April 28, 2016 this strategic plan will guide the priorities of library staff. It was developed with careful consideration of the feedback received and the data studied. The plan is shaped with the understanding that change is inevitable, and that our library services will adapt as warranted. At the same time, we will maintain our core values, measure all we do against our mission and remain focused on serving the community.
In 2021 the Strategic Plan was augmented with a Strategic Roadmap covering January 2021 through June 2022