Our libraries are a thread of daily connection for thousands of residents. They are the places where everyone is welcome to learn and flourish. The library is the free place where the constant and complex changes of life, from beginning to end, can be better understood through access to trusted information, from a safe place where public service shines.
The current JCLS five-year strategic plan expires at the end of the year. Since October we’ve met in every library with our Friends, patrons and many more to gain insights about the most pressing areas of focus and need for library services and resources. As staff we are very engaged in the process and in April we expect to present to the Library District Board of Directors strategies to achieve their 2016 – 2021 priority goals.
On this page you will find a synthesis of our internal conversations and perspective. Emphasizing staff experience and observation about the ever-changing landscape of information needs, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve friends, families and visitors throughout Jackson County.
The staff explored the following questions and arrived at common threads represented in the word clouds.
The following synthesis reflects an annotated list of ideas from library staff. These ideas were captured during visioning sessions conducted between Oct 2015 and Nov 2015.