The Orange City Public Library has hosted two community forums as part of Planning for Results by which the library develops a 3-5 year plan. This plan is a required portion of the library’s application for reaccreditation through the State Library of Iowa. Iowa Library Services’ Northwest District Consultant, Bonnie McKewon, led the community forums and will guide the library board and staff through the planning process.
At the first meeting, attendees learned about the planning process and performed
a S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats) of the Orange City community. At the second meeting, community members learned about a variety of service responses that the library could focus on, and voted on the responses that they believe the library should prioritize.
The library board, director, and staff will consider the information gathered during both of these forums as they evaluate the role of the library in the community and what services will be offered to support those roles. The library board, director, and staff would like to thank the community members and leaders who participated in the forums. The opinions shared will give us a better understanding of the community’s perspective on the library.
The library’s plan must be submitted to the State Library for approval, and will be presented to the community in March, 2015. If you have any thoughts on the role of the library in the community, please feel free to share them with the library’s board members, director, and staff. We appreciate your investment in the future of the library!