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Rochester Public Library

2016 Action Plans

Goal 1:  Grow Literacy and the Ability to use Library and Information Resources

Initiative A:  Children start school ready to learn to read and write.

Library Service Response – Create and Nurture Young Readers:  Growing Early Literacy

Objectives:

  • Parents understand the five early literacy practices
  • Children have more access to Library resources where they are (outreach)
  • Community groups working on early literacy have enhanced collaboration with the Library

Actions:

Timeline

Increase school readiness through Neighbors Read & LGR Rochester Mini Library programs

December, 2016

Active involvement in P-3 Leadership & Journey to Growth Committees

Ongoing

Provide bookmobile services that target (using the Matrix process) neighborhoods where there are barriers for children using the main library. 

Ongoing

Provide collections to meet the needs of our young readers and their parents and caregivers

Ongoing

Provide bookmobile services that target (using the Matrix process) neighborhoods where there are barriers for children using the main library.

Ongoing

Create a Dewey Free YS Non-Fiction Collection

Pending BKM pilot

 

Goal 1:  Grow Literacy and the Ability to use Library and Information Resources

Initiative B:  Community members’ basic literacy needs are addressed

Library Service Response – Learn to Read and Write:  Growing Youth and Adult Literacy

Objectives: 

  • Collaborate with community resources to fill literacy gaps

Actions:

Timeline

Strengthen and expand the Rochester Reading Champions program


December 2016

 

Goal 1:  Grow Literacy and the Ability to use Library and Information Resources

Initiative C:  Information seekers get answers through greater assistance and relevant education

Library Service Response – Information Literacy:  Empowering Information Seekers

Objectives: 

  • Library uses resources more efficiently to provide time intensive assistance

Actions:

Timeline

Provide ongoing digital literacy training, continue to identify community need and further identify library’s role.

Ongoing

Implement the decisions of the bookmark process improvement team to improve patron access to readers advisory information.

December 2016

Explore and implement one improvement to the website and/or catalog to meet the patrons’ need for information at the time of that need. (Example, Stackmap)

December 2016

Explore NCIP, SIP2, Web Services and other ways of expanded cooperation between the SELCO and RPL systems.

December 2016

 

Goal 1:  Grow Literacy and the Ability to use Library and Information Resources

Initiative D:  Students will have enhanced opportunities to help them succeed in school and beyond

Library Service Response – Succeed in School:  Developing Successful Learners

Objectives: 

  • Library staff understand what students need to be successful
  • Library collaborates with youth serving organizations

Actions:

Timeline

Explore Homework Help partnership opportunities with Gage East and other community organizations.

December 2016

Provide collections and programs to assist students, but not in such a way as to supplant the local schools’ responsibility  Ongoing

Goal 2:  Engage the Community

Initiative A:  Community members increase engagement through interactive programming and partnerships

Library Service Response – Satisfy Curiosity & Stimulate Imagination:  Supporting Lifelong Learning & Leisure

Objectives: 

  • Customers get material they want in the format they want and in a timely way
  • People engage in new programs that allow them to share knowledge and passion
  • Library increases collaboration with community resources

Actions:

Timeline

Find ways to engage the community with their knowledge and passions; Develop strategies and implement

Ongoing

BookBike Programming

Ongoing

Develop programming to specifically meet the developmental needs of New Adults (age 19-30) 

December 2016

Explore options for working with ACT on Alzheimers initiative for downtown Rochester

December 2016

Provide collections to meet the needs of citizens.


Ongoing

 

Goal 2:  Engage the Community

Initiative B:  Individuals feel part of the community through inclusion and connection

Library Service Response – Know Your Community:  Connecting Neighbors

Objectives: 

  • Library becomes a community connection center
  • Increased opportunities for people to connect  and engage with others

Actions:

Timeline

Get more staff engaged in the community by involving them in community work for which they are passionate 

December 2016

A pilot project that was developed to engage the community in new ways using the AboutU Study and the learning from the PLA Leadership Academy will be evaluated and continued, if appropriate

December 2016

Implement Service Enterprise action plans to better engage volunteers throughout the library.

Become certified as a Service Enterprise organization.

Ongoing


Goal 2:  Engage the Community

Initiative C:  Community members increase participation in and awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities

Library Service Response – Be an Informed Citizen:  Increasing Civic Engagement

Objectives: 

  • People find information and support for citizenship

  • New community members are more engaged in community

 

Actions:

Timeline

Using information obtained in 2015 determine what programming and services are needed and/or desired by our immigrant communities.

December, 2016

 

Goal 2:  Engage the Community

Initiative D:  Community members have expanded opportunities for creative expression and innovation

Library Service Response – Express Creativity:  Innovating Our Future

Objectives: 

  • The Library increases dedicated space to express creativity and display work
  • New programs and forums identified to express creativity and innovation

Actions:

Timeline

3D Printer Programming

December 2016

MakerSpace:  expand MakerSpace activities to include Creative Writing.  Continue to develop relationships with Rochester’s creative community and encourage use of the MakerSpace and expand programs offered to the community by the community.

Continue to explore the needs of the creative community and how the library can facilitate connections and creative activities.

December 2016

Sound Booth Programming.

Implement Sound Booth  programming if funds are secured to add it to our services.

 

Goal 3:  Build Infrastructure to Meet Community Needs

Initiative A:  Community members have access to space to meet community needs as defined by the rest of the strategic plan

Library Service Response:  All

Objectives: 

  • The library has space to fulfill the strategic plan

Actions:

Timeline

Advocate for building expansion

Ongoing

Implement advocacy efforts between RPL, Foundation and Friends

Ongoing

Maintain aging infrastructure and upkeep required by increased usage.

Ongoing

 

Goal 3:  Build Infrastructure to Meet Community Needs

Initiative B:  Community and staff access the digital world utilizing the latest technology

Library Service Response – Connect to the Online World:  Bridging the Digital Divide

Objectives: 

  • Patrons have more opportunity to utilize computers
  • Patrons and staff have increased access to the latest and greatest technology

Actions:

Timeline

Actively maintain automation infrastructure to reflect current technology based on the needs of users and staff.

Ongoing

Sunset the LAS

12/31/2016

RFID Project

12/31/2016

Goal 3:  Build Infrastructure to Meet Community Needs

Initiative C:  The community understands the benefits of the library and its services, and the community has confidence in the library’s stewardship and effectiveness

Library Service Response – All

Objectives:

  • Students have better awareness of Library services
  • Community members have improved awareness of opportunities at the Library

Actions:

Timeline

Implement Marketing Action Plans

December 2016

Review at least one process for increased efficiency and effectiveness

December 2016

Provide adequate funding for core services

December 2016

Using a systematic approach, discover and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in all operational areas

Ongoing

Strengthen the library’s programs, services, collection, and visibility in the community by creating and maintaining strategic community partnerships.

Ongoing

 

Goal 3:  Build Infrastructure to Meet Community Needs

Initiative D: Community members experience excellent customer service through well-trained staff. 

Library Service Response: All

Objectives:

  • Leadership is developed.
  • Volunteers and staff are trained and supported.
  • A culture of learning flourishes throughout the organization.

Actions:

Timeline

Service Enterprise action plan is implemented to strengthen the volunteer system.

December 2016

Administrative Team creates plan for its own leadership development

December 2016

Any revised job descriptions are re-evaluated with HR.

January 2016

 

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