Library Strategic Plan: 2021-2023
Overbrook Public Library
Strategic Plan for 2021-2023
The programs and services of the Overbrook Public Library provide its many constituents equal opportunity access to educational, informational, cultural, technological, and entertainment resources in a welcoming environment.
Library Values and Philosophy
- The Library Bill of Rights and the freedom to read shall be reflected in all we do.
• The library shall demonstrate sound, accountable financial stewardship principles.
• The library will practice the NEKLS statement for patron confidentiality.
• The library will adhere to professional library best practices regarding collection development and management.
• The library will have trained and knowledgeable staff with opportunities for professional development.
• The programs and services will reflect patron needs and requests while intelligently following official policy and procedure.
• The library will adhere to the ADA and promote equal access for all persons to resources, equipment, spaces, and services.
• The library and its staff will practice innovation and continuous improvement in programming and services.
• The library will recognize and respect member library differences and adhere to all NEKLS agreements and standards.
Goals and Objectives
Goal One: Maintain and improve the financial condition of the library through careful stewardship of the citizens’ tax dollars, Overbrook Friends, Library Foundation, and individual effort.
Objective A: Track income, expenses, and stay within its budget & available funds.
Objective B: Explore opportunities to expand programming and available staff by maintaining city financial support and developing new sources of revenues through grants and donations.
Objective C: Maintain an ongoing program of fundraising, renovation, and repair through the Library Foundation.
Objective D: Foster a strong relationship with the Overbrook Friends of the Library organization to promote library special needs and programming opportunities.
Objective E: Maintain a good relationship with the City of Overbrook, and work to achieve library goals while taking city needs into account.
Goal Two: Enhance our relationship with community partners, including schools, civic clubs, and Brookside.
Objective A: Offer computer and technology training and assistance to meet the community and area needs, including designated hours for drop-in technology help.
Objective B: Maintain a year-round Story Time program and a Summer Reading program for children, as well as additional children’s programming.
Objective C: Promote exceptional older adult services throughout the area by surveying needs and implementing outreach services to older adult centers and special populations.
Objective D: Promote and facilitate opportunities for education and civic enrichment, including classes, public presentations, and programs.
Goal Three: Allocate funding to implement the current Technology Plan and to keep the library up-to-date to meet community technology needs.
Objective A: Continue to pursue enhanced internet and Wi-Fi capabilities.
Objective B: Maintain technology plan and NEKLS requirements for computer replacement on a three- to five-year cycle.
Objective C: Develop promotions or displays to increase awareness of available technology & electronic resources available through Overbrook or the Kansas State Library.
Goal Four: The Library will promote itself as a conference and community center and hub of the Overbrook community and surrounding area.
Objective A: Offer library facilities to local citizens and to individuals and groups throughout the larger area.
Objective B: Develop a better system for scheduling and posting community room events.
Objective C: Develop additional classroom, conference, seminar or training capabilities (portable white boards, additional A/V capabilities, etc.).
Goal Five: The library will maintain NEKLS Service Center II Accreditation
1. The library is open a minimum of 45 hours/week, including four hours after 5:00 PM weekdays and four hours on weekends
2. Minimum of eight public access computers and 20 MB/s internet
3. 80 hours per week paid library staff (2.0 FTE)
4. Director salary requirements / 65% of budget spent on staffing and benefits
Objective A: The library will make our best effort to meet NEKLS Service center level II Requirements for the 2021-2023 period, available here: https://www.nekls.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Accreditation_21_23_Packet_Final_PDF.pdf
Objective B: Work with NEKLS to obtain waivers for any requirements that cannot be met to maintain Service Center II accreditation.
Objective C: Continue to evaluate library hours to best meet the needs of the community.