The Prince William County Public Library System (PWPL) is launching a strategic plan process to guide the libraries for the coming five years.
“The end goal is to make sure that the services we are providing to our community are the best they can be,” stated PWPL Library Director Deborah Wright in a release.
The strategic planning will take place between August and October this year, and PWPL is looking for input from members of the community, the Library Board of Trustees, library groups, and other stakeholders.
“A SWOT analysis, which is a tool to examine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats an organization faces, will also be conducted,” stated a release.
More on the strategic planning process, from a release:
As part of the discovery phase, Wright said that the public will be able to provide input by answering questions online or in person at all of the library branches. The questions will come out once a week.
During the engagement phase, between November and January, stakeholder focus groups will provide insight and perspectives on the needs of the community. In addition, one-on-one interviews will take place with non-library users and community leaders. A Library Advisory Committee will be established to review results and prepare solutions for the next phase in the strategic plan process; and a comprehensive analysis and results from the first two phases will be presented to the Library Board.
The development phase will occur between February and July of 2018, and it will include compiling results from the surveys, the various analyses, focus groups and trustee guidance. The Library Advisory Committee and library staff will then work to develop areas of strategic focus. Once those areas of focus are finalized, library staff will produce a strategic plan document to present to the Library Board of Trustees at its July 2018 meeting. Once the Library Board approves the strategic plan, staff will begin the organizational process to implement it. The plan will be updated annually.