In January, our library board adopted a new “Strategic Framework” to guide the next few years of the Creston Valley Public Library’s work. It’s a strange time to change course, with the ongoing pandemic, but our previous strategic plan was ending so we worked with our volunteers, staff, and board members to forge a new path during this difficult time.
Usually strategic planning incorporates a lot of community consultation but, given how difficult it has been to gather as a community over the past 2 years, we’ve dug deep into our own knowledge and experiences working in this community and hope that you appreciate our new direction.
Our library’s mission is to be a “a welcoming space for the creation and sharing of information, ideas, and culture.” To accomplish this, we’re holding on to some very specific values that we will work to make real and tangible in our library space and community. They are:
- Access & Learning: The Library is a welcoming space for all, supporting life-long learning in our community.
- Patron-Centred Services: The Library works in relationship with our community and its members to further the public good.
- Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion: The Library values the humanity of each of our patrons and the community as a whole.
- A Strong Organization: The Library empowers management, staff, and volunteers to support the community.
Our staff and board are working to develop some very specific and achievable work goals for the year and encourage feedback from our patrons and community. If you have suggestions about what you’d like to see at our library–based on the values expressed above–then please do share them with us! You can share via phone (250-428-4141), email (email@example.com), or in-person.