We are hard at work building the future of the Jackson County Library System. Below you will find all of the updates to our Facilities Master Plan ordered from recent to oldest.

Policies, Plans, and Goals Supported:
Developing a Facilities Master Plan has been among the District’s goals for many years.  It also aligns with multiple elements of the JCLS Strategic Plan 2022-2026 such as:

  • Goal 1 Energize Library Services and Resources, Strategy 3 Enliven and improve facilities
  • Goal 2 Extend Access to the Library, Strategy 3 Work to remove barriers to use of the Library.  
  • Goal 3 Engage the Community More Fully, Strategy 3 Advance ongoing work to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment.   

April 2024

On April 16th a Community Listening Session for the JCLS Facilities Master Plan took place. Group4 summarized the research they had done to date and provided preliminary findings on future facility needs for JCLS in 10-15 years. This event was held in the Large Meeting Room in Medford, and live-streamed to branches around the district. Staff then facilitated Q&A discussions with attendees at each branch. You can view the video to the right.

February 2024

Strategic Visioning Workshop

A Strategic Visioning Workshop was held on February 15, 2024, which gathered stakeholders from around Jackson County for an interactive and creative event featuring facilitated hands-on activities and discussions. A full summary of the workshop can be found here.

The Project Management Team met with Group 4 consultants for a progress update. Group 4 has visited all fifteen branches, reviewed information collected from surveys and from talking with staff, and put together some growth projections and targets for collection and square footage requirements to meet the growth demands.

November 2023

A Community Survey went live on the JCLS website on Wednesday, November 29th, and remained available through the end of the year. In addition to the online survey, the library invited community members to participate in a pop-up survey that was held at various community events and locations throughout the county. 

September 2023

The Project Management Team (PMT) met September 19 to kick off this project. The PMT includes Library Director Kari May, Assistant Directors Joan Vigil and Kelda Vath, Operations Manager Crystal Zastera, and Group 4 team members Jill Eyres, David Schnee, and Karen Tse. The general timeline is outlined below.