In August of 2014 the administration of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library began the formal strategic planning process for 2015-2017. As in the 2011-2014 plan, the framework used to develop the plan was the Strategic Planning for Results format developed specifically for libraries in conjunction with the Public Library Association. The process is a collaborative effort between community residents, the Board of Trustees, and the library staff.
During September of 2014 the library’s Board of Trustees, the library staff, and a Community Planning Committee, made up of community members representing various stakeholders and constituencies, met in separate sessions to identify community needs. To specifically address community needs the Strategic Planning for Results process divides the services performed by libraries into eighteen categories, or service responses. The final three needs, or service responses, as identified by the Community Planning Committee were:
Create Young Readers: Early Literacy
Children from birth to five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.
Know Your Community: Community Resources and Services
Residents will have a central source for information about the wide variety of programs, services, and activities provided by community agencies and organizations.
Stimulate Imagination: Reading, Viewing, and Listening for Pleasure
Residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they want when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.
Based on the conversations held by the Board of Trustees and Community Planning Committee meetings, and on the recommendation of the State Library of Ohio consultants, an additional service response was added:
Make Career Choices: Job and Career Development
Adults and teens will have the skills and resources they need to identify career opportunities that suit their individual strengths and interests.