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A banner that reads: The Library's mission is to be an essential resource for learning,engagement and innovation that provides for our communitys changing needs

 
 
Essential Libraries Initiative

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Approved by the Board of County Commissioners
June 8, 2021

The Essential Libraries Initiative is a strategic plan that re-envisions the Library to address the changing needs of residents and trends in library use.

 

LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System
Annual Plan for Library Service, FY22

Printable 2022 Annual Plan

Approved by the Board of County Commissioners
September 14, 2021

In the last year of the FY2020-2022 Long Range Plan, the Library will focus on implementing selected strategies to improve literacy and lifelong learning; support business and workforce development; expand civic and community engagement; and support the arts and humanities in our community.

 

2022 Annual Plan with Status Updates

Goal 1: Literacy and Lifelong Learning

To serve as a resource in developing the skills needed to be successful socially, intellectually, financially, and technologically at any age by promoting traditional and non-traditional forms of literacy.

1.1 Increase youth literacy resources by providing additional staff training, curating a collection of books, games and other materials to help children practice reading skills at home and offer summer reading camps.

1.1: Increase youth literacy resources by providing additional staff training, curating a collection of books, games and other materials to help children practice reading skills at home and offer summer reading camps.


Action 1.1.a: Librarians will use self-guided training provided by Leon County Schools to become reading coaches.
Action 1.1.b: Host the first summer reading skills camp for rising third and fourth graders by June 2022.
Action 1.1.c: Curate a vibrant collection of books, games, and other materials to help children develop and practice reading skills.
 

Indicators of Success: Completion of self-guided training by at least 3 librarians by May 2022. Librarians will have the skills necessary to successfully implement the summer reading camp in June. At least 12 rising third and fourth graders attend the camp. Feedback from reading camp participants and their parents will be reviewed to measure accomplishments and to consider changes for next year. Educational materials collection available for use by the public in January 2022.

1.2 Provide technology training for all ages to ensure a digitally literate community.

1.2: Provide technology training for all ages to ensure a digitally literate community.


Action 1.2.a: Provide free basic and intermediate digital literacy programs using existing staff and contracted instructors.
Action 1.2.b: Offer individualized “Tech Help I-on-1” at all library locations.


Indicators of Success: Programs offered on a variety of topics will include skills needed currently as well as those for future. Feedback of participants will guide future program content, structure,
frequency.

1.3 Support lifelong education for seniors and retirees with programs that entertain, educate, and provide connections to community resources.

1.3: Support lifelong education for seniors and retirees with programs that entertain, educate, and provide connections to community resources.


Action 1.3.a: Beginning November 2021, develop and present a series of programs addressing the emotional, mental, medical, and financial well-being of seniors and their caregivers.


Indicators of Success: Program attendance and positive feedback from participants will determine baseline for success. At least 3 new partnerships will be fostered in the process of program planning and presentation.

1.4 Develop early learning resources for parents and guardians to teach their children the skills they need for success in school.

1.4: Develop early learning resources for parents and guardians to teach their children the skills they need for success in school.

Action 1.4.a: Continue to provide kindergarten readiness workshops and programs
to help young children and their caregivers prepare for school.
Action 1.4.b: Create tip sheets, reading lists, and other resources; model behaviors and techniques with parents in library programs.

Indicators of Success: Kindergarten readiness program attendance increases by 10% over FY21; 80% of families provide positive feedback. Reading lists, tip sheets and other resources available to parents and guardians beginning April 2022.

1.5 Support K-12 students in developing core academic and learning success skills: literacy, problem solving, creativity and innovation, teamwork and collaboration, and communication.

1.5: Support K-12 students in developing core academic and learning success skills: literacy, problem solving, creativity and innovation, teamwork and collaboration, and communication.

Action 1.5.a: Continue to offer one-on-one tutoring and homework help via the Homework Hub program.
Action 1.5.b: By January 2022, partner with Leon County Schools to make children’s ebooks readily accessible via Baker & Taylor’s Community Share program.
Action 1.5.c: Demonstrate and promote use of the Library’s online resources.
Action 1.5.d: Plan and implement an engaging summer reading program.

Indicators of Success: Homework Hub participation by both students and tutors increases by 10% over FY21; 80% of families provide positive feedback. Successful launch of Community Share program with Leon County Schools results in 20% increase in the number of ebooks for youth checked out. Use of online databases and ebooks increases by 10%. Summer reading program participation increases by 10% over FY21.

Goal 2: Business and Workforce Development

To support a strong local economy by acting as a resource for businesses and individuals seeking professional development.

2.2 Provide programs that develop skillsets needed to build a thriving workforce.

2.2: Provide programs that develop skillsets needed to build a thriving workforce.

Action 2.2.a: Continue to provide programs and activities with local partners to introduce youth to possible STEM career fields.
Action 2.2.b: In partnership with CareerSource, host workshops on job seeking strategies, career coaching, and related topics.

Indicators of Success: 5% increase in program participants over previous year; addition of at least one new partner for STEM programming.

2.3 Support jobseekers struggling to find or afford childcare by offering Story Time and other activities during job fairs.

2.3: Support jobseekers struggling to find or afford childcare by offering StoryTime and other activities during job fairs.

Action 2.3.a: When safe to resume these services, explore hosting career and job fairs at libraries and other venues in partnership with CareerSource Capital Region.
Action 2.3.b: Develop and present Story Time and related activities for children accompanying parents.

Indicators of Success: Successful participation in at least one job fair held by CareerSource or another partner by September 2022.

2.4 Provide opportunities for teens to develop leadership and life skills to ready them for the workforce.

2.4: Provide opportunities for teens to develop leadership and life skills to ready them for the workforce.

Action 2.4.a: Continue the Teen Advisory Board program and volunteer opportunity.
Action 2.4.b: Working with teens, coordinate presentations by outside organizations, and subject matter experts on relevant topics.

Indicators of Success: Teen Advisory Board membership increases by 5%. Programs attract targeted audiences and attendance increases 10% over FY21.

Goal 3: Civic and Community Engagement

To serve as a vibrant, active hub of civic discourse and participative democracy, building relationships and bridging gaps in all segments of the community.

3.1 Provide opportunities to engage in civil discourse around topics that impact Leon County and are of interest to the community.

3.1: Provide opportunities to engage in civil discourse around topics that impact Leon County and are of interest to the community.

Action 3.1.a: Host facilitated discussions and resources on relevant topics and issues that impact Leon County residents, including voter suppression.
Action 3.2.b: Develop a resource guide for having discussions on race, equality, and inclusion.

Indicators of Success: Host or cohost at least one discussion; create relevant resource guide; Library staff participate in related County or community-wide group addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

3.2 Serve as a gateway to connect people with community services and government programs.

3.2: Serve as a gateway to connect people with community services and government programs.

Action 3.2.a: Establish a Community Resources Specialist position to provide one-on-one assistance and referrals for community services, including affordable housing, career skills training, counseling, and government services and benefits.
Action 3.2.b: Connect library users with needed information and resources through direct interactions and consultations.

Indicators of Success: Community Resources Specialist hired and implementation of related new services begin by November 1, 2021.

3.3 Collaborate with local colleges and universities to maximize outcomes in areas of mutual interest.

3.3: Collaborate with local colleges and universities to maximize outcomes in areas of mutual interest.

Action 3.3.a: Expand the Library’s internship program. Participating students will work with staff to increase outreach to local community members and offer programs outside of library facilities.

Indicators of Success: Host a minimum of 4 internships per year, beginning Fall semester 2021.

3.4 Act as a resource and partner to local nonprofit service providers in addressing community issues.

3.4: Act as a resource and partner to local nonprofit service providers in addressing community issues.

Action 3.4.a: Launch a video visitation and family literacy program where children can connect with an incarcerated parent using a video kiosk at the Library.
Action 3.4.b: Develop collaborative food programming with the Leon County Office of Sustainability and local partners to offer healthy cooking classes, no/low waste cooking, cooking on a budget, and cooking for those with limited access to food sources.

Indicators of Success: Video visitation / family literacy program implemented and operational by December 1, 2021. At least 2 new food programs presented in partnership with Leon County Office of Sustainability and other local partners by September 2022.

Goal 4: Arts and Humanities

To support residents in their creative, intellectual, and recreational pursuits and foster cultural enrichment.

4.1 Offer a diverse physical and digital collection that supports the needs and interests of the community.

4.1: Offer a diverse physical and digital collection that supports the needs and interests of the community.

Action 4.1.a: Develop a Library of Things containing various items available for loan that supports the “sharing economy” and sustainability efforts and can provide low-income residents with access to much-needed resources that promote digital literacy or home improvement and maintenance.
Action 4.1.b: Obtain grant funding to continue to grow and diversify the Library of Things, ebooks, and/or printed materials collections.

Indicators of Success: Initial Library of Things launched by November 15, 2021. Two relevant grant applications completed with at least one successfully funded by September 30, 2022.

4.2 Collaborate with arts, humanities, and other creative organizations to provide programming for all ages.

4.2: Collaborate with arts, humanities, and other creative organizations to provide programming for all ages.

Action 4.2.a: Work with WFSU to host “StoryCorps” at the County Main Library in November-December 2021.
Action 4.2.b: In February-March 2022, collaborate with local arts and humanities organizations for programming to be included in The NEA Big Read featuring the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison.

Indicators of Success: Programs completed on time; 5% increase in NEA Big Read participation.

4.3 Offer timely and relevant cultural events and classes that showcase the community’s diversity.

4.3: Offer timely and relevant cultural events and classes that showcase the community’s diversity.

Action 4.3.a: Celebrate cultural heritage months and other annual observations with relevant programs, displays, and social media outreach that promote related books and materials in the collections.

Indicators of Success: Host at least 3 relevant celebrations/observations per year (e.g., Hispanic Heritage, Black History Month or Florida Emancipation Day, Pride Month); curate on-site and virtual displays of Library materials related to various cultural celebrations year-round.

4.4 Support creativity through the Library’s collection, collaborative spaces, events, and classes.

4.4: Support creativity through the Library’s collection, collaborative spaces, events, and classes.

Action 4.4.a: Engage local artists, archives, colleges of art, and community organizations to curate exhibits at Library locations.
Action 4.4.b: Create a welcoming and relaxing environment for patrons by playing soft music.

Indicators of Success: Exhibit spaces will be filled with interesting displays 70% of available days. Host 3 “openings” at the County Main Library for special exhibits. Music to be piloted on selected days of the week at designated branch locations beginning October 2021. A survey of the public will be conducted to gather feedback.

Printable 2021 Annual Plan

LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System Long-Range Plan for Library Service, FY 2020-2022

Printable 2020-2022 Long Range Plan

Posted September 18, 2019

Introduction

Our public library system is a free and open community resource for personal enrichment, recreation, and lifelong learning. Library staffs strive to effectively serve users by anticipating needs and interests of citizens; by providing friendly, professional customer service; and by providing quality services, programs, resources, and library materials. In offering access to all, the library provides opportunity to all.
To meet the needs of residents, services and materials are provided at a main library, six branch libraries, and via outreach services to selected senior residential communities, as well as online. Through the library's web site, users can locate and download e-books, audiobooks and videos; renew and request library materials; ask for information or research assistance via e-mail or the "Ask a Librarian" live chat service; and use online subscription databases. Children's programs support literacy development, creativity and socialization, while programs for adults provide a myriad of lifelong learning opportunities.
Leon County's libraries continue to provide new and innovative services and programs including the Seed Library, the Library Lecture Series, lending programs for mobile hotspots and telescopes, virtual reality gaming systems, as well as thousands of downloadable e-books, audio books, and movies. However, in Leon County and communities across the nation, circulation of fixed format materials is declining while downloads of digital content and interest in interactive library programming is on the rise.
Over the last three years in Leon County, downloads of digital content has increased by 81% and attendance at Library programs has increased by almost 20%. Patrons are also seeking more meeting and quiet spaces. Study rooms are increasingly needed for individual study, online test taking and tutorials, job interviews via webcams, and tutoring. Additionally, there is growing demand to use the Library's meeting rooms as gathering spaces for events and programs. In 2018 alone, the library system's 10 meetings rooms were reserved for over 3,300 meetings hosted by a diverse group of community organizations. This is a 62% increase in reservations since 2016.
These trends make it necessary to reassess how the physical space within our libraries is being utilized, and to prepare for the future roles our libraries will play in residents' lives.
In Spring 2019, Leon County Government convened a focus group of stakeholders and community leaders to identify library best practices and innovations in other communities. The focus group conducted on-site visits to five communities with nationally-recognized library systems, to explore how they have identified, strategized, and implemented unique ways to maintain and increase the relevancy of libraries in the community. Focus group members included Leon County staff, representatives from the Knight Creative Communities Institute, as well as representatives from the Friends of the Library, whose mission is to help support the library to improve and expand services.
Themes emerging from the tours included a broader use of technology for all age groups, for both fun and education, reprioritizing collections and services, working smarter to improve efficient use of limited resources; purposeful community engagement; focus on facilities, including meeting rooms, creative spaces and workplaces for the public; student success in school and enhanced literacy programs; workforce development programs; professional development and redefined roles for staff to facilitate more engagement with patrons and the community at-large; and a variety of diverse programming to support the interests and needs of the community. These and some of the readily adaptable ideas inspired by the tours are reflected in this plan's goals and strategies.
The final report and recommendations from the focus group will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for further consideration. In considering ideas and information gathered from the libraries visited on the tours, and subsequent meetings to get community input, strategies in this plan may be modified. Annual plans with established measures of success will be developed for each of the years encompassed by this document.

 

Public libraries must make a difference in the lives of the people who use them and a difference in the community as a whole. Through pursuit of our vision and mission, the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System will play a vital role in the continued growth and success of our community.

Vision

Our community discovers the joy of reading, the energy of ideas and the power of information together in the Library.

Mission

The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System enriches the community by inspiring a love of reading, providing a dynamic resource for creative and intellectual pursuits, and enabling residents to live a life of learning.

Goal 1: Reimagine the library and its roles in the community

Through participative and inclusive processes, the library's new and continuing roles are determined, communicated and demonstrated to the community.
 

Strategies:
1.1 Recommendations from the final libraries tour report and existing data which identifies community needs provide a framework for priorities and initiatives.
1.2 Listening Sessions gather stakeholder input, expanding insights and direction.
1.3 Annual Plans with actionable and measurable activities are developed and shared with the community through a variety of communication and outreach strategies.

Goal 2: Help our community learn, grow and succeed

The library supports learning, creativity, discovery and success through programs, services and partnerships.
Strategies:
2.1 Through community outreach and partnerships, identify and respond to interests and needs of Leon County citizens.
2.2 Provide resources, activities and facilities to support literacy, life skills and workforce development, and individual success.
2.3 Support academic success by partnering with schools, providing guided homework help at libraries, and enriching youth with STEM and STEAM activities.
2.4 Offer programming to foster and support creativity, self-expression and fun.

Goal 3: Improve the user experience

Create ways to make it more convenient and enjoyable to interact with the library.

Strategies:
3.1 Offer online library card registration.
3.2 Explore new methods of service delivery.
3.3 Replace the outdated "Patron Rights and Responsibilities" policy with a simplified "Code of Conduct".

 

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