Former Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2009 - 2014
Young children (age five and under) will have materials, programs and services that will prepare them to enter school ready to read, write, and learn.
- By FY14, the circulation of materials for young children will increase by 20%, from 28,158 (FY08) to 33,790
- Annually a minimum of 5,000 young children (age five and under) will attend library programs.
- By FY14, a minimum of 80% of parents and caregivers surveyed will indicate that the library's services for young children are very good or excellent.
Children (ages 6-12) will have materials and programs that satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, and encourage them to explore topics of personal interest.
- By FY14, the number of children attending library programs will increase 20% from 3,893 (FY07) to 4,672.
- By FY14, the circulation of juvenile fiction will increase by 20%, from 12,318 (FY08) to 14,782.
- By FY14, the circulation of juvenile non-fiction will increase by 20%, from 14,715 (FY08) to 17,658.
- By FY14, the circulation of juvenile media (CDs, videos, DVDs, etc.) will increase from by 20%, from 11,590 (FY08) to 13,908.
Teens (age 13 and older) will have materials and programs that respond to their current interests and provide pleasurable reading, viewing, and listening experiences.
- By FY14, the circulation of young adult materials (fiction and non-fiction) will increase by 20%, from 4,624 (FY08) to 5,549.
- By FY14, a majority of teens surveyed will indicate that they found something good to read, listen to, or view at the library.
- By FY14, attendance at teen programs will increase by 20%, from 500 (FY08) to 600.
Adults will have the resources they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
- By FY14, the circulation of adult fiction books will increase by 20%, from 73,521 (FY08) to 88,225.
- By FY14, the circulation of adult non-fiction will increase by 20%, from 33,076 (FY08) to 39,691.
- By FY14, the circulation of adult media (CDs, DVDs, etc.) will increase by 25%, from 74,441 (FY08) to 93,051.
- By FY14, a minimum of 80% of adults surveyed will indicate they found the material they wanted and needed.
- By FY14, the number of adult informational transactions will increase 20% from 6,784 (FY07) to 8,141.
Residents and visitors will have access to the digital world so they can take advantage of the ever-growing resources and services available through the Internet.
- By FY14, the number of uses of the library's 24/7 research databases will increase by 20%, from 12,209 (FY07) to 14,651.
- By FY14, 80% of web site users surveyed will rate the library's web site as informative and easy to use.
- By FY14, the number of page views on the library's web site will increase 20% from 581,140 (FY07) to 697,368.
- By FY14, the number of user sessions on library-provided Internet access computers will increase by 25%, from 40,080 (FY07) to over 50,100.
Residents and visitors will have attractive, safe, and welcoming places to meet and interact with others or sit quietly and read.
- By FY14, the number of visitors to library facilities will increase 20% from 166,533 (FY07)* to 199,840.
- By FY14, the number of registered borrowers will increase 10%, from 25,769 (FY07) to 28,346.
- By FY14, 80% of library visitors surveyed will indicate that the library was an attractive, safe, and welcoming place.
Residents and visitors will have access to resources and services about the history and culture of Talbot County and Maryland.
- By FY14, the number of local history and genealogy questions answered by staff and volunteers will increase by 25%, from 6,300 (FY08) to 7,560.
- By FY14, 80% of Maryland Room users surveyed will evaluate the collections as very good or excellent.
- By FY14, the attendance at programs on local history or genealogy will increase 25% from 500 (FY08) to 625.
Residents and visitors will have convenient and timely access to services and programs that help them find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
- Annually a minimum of 300 people will attend programs on library resources.
- By FY14, the number of people receiving instruction on using computers and the library's electronic resources will increase 25% from 1,824 (FY07) to 2,189.
*Only Easton branch was counted in FY07.
By September 30, 2008, and each year thereafter, print and nonprint committees will evaluate the library.s collection for needed additions, withdrawals, and replacements.By January 31, 2009, and each year thereafter, the process by which library activity data is collected, compiled, and distributed will be reviewed and revised as necessary to provide the data needed to monitor progress on the strategic plan.
By June 30, 2009, a plan will be developed by the Library Board, Friends, and Foundation to coordinate efforts that support effective fundraising.
By June 30, 2009, the library staff will have developed a methodology to regularly update the Library Board on progress on all objectives included in the strategic plan.
By June 30, 2010, TCFL will have completed a survey in each of the areas outlined in this plan.s goals and objectives.
By January 30, 2014, TCFL staff will have completed the revision or development of public service policies that support this plan.s goals and objectives.
The Talbot County Free Library will plan and allocate space in accordance with established service priorities.
Beginning in 2008, planning began on the renovation of the Main Library in Easton.
By July 1, 2009, a Facilities Master Plan will be adopted.
The Talbot County Free Library will use technologies that improve access to information, improve service to library patrons, and maximize efficient service delivery.
By June 30, 2009, TCFL staff will have evaluated the library's web site and determined content and navigation changes that need to be made to support the Library.s service priorities.
By in July 1, 2010, TCFL, with the help of Eastern Shore Regional Library, will have completed an authority records clean-up of its online catalog, thus improving its searchability.
By December 30, 2009, TCFL will have formalized its partnership with Carroll County Public Library for a shared integrated library system, thereby providing significant cost savings and ensuring patron access to the library's catalog during the renovation of the main library.
By June 30, 2010, TCFL will have replaced all public access internet computers at all its branches.
The Talbot County Free Library will actively seek and maintain partnerships with organizations and institutions to enable the Library to enhance service to its patrons.
By January 30, 2009, all current partnerships and the library's obligations in support of them will be identified.
By June 30, 2009, criteria for ongoing partnerships will be developed.
By September 30, 2009, staff at all levels will be trained to identify partnership opportunities that help advance the Library's goals and objectives.
The Talbot County Free Library will continue its staff development and volunteer training initiatives to ensure that staff and volunteers have the skills and training they need to respond to current and emerging patron demands.
By December 30, 2009, the library will have a revised Volunteer Manual.
By June 30, 2010, staff will be trained to provide proactive service that meets the needs of our library patrons.
By June 30, 2010, a plan will be in place to address the training needs of staff and volunteers.
Adopted by the TCFL Board of Trustees December 3, 2008.