The Monroe Public Library is a welcoming place for generations of lifelong learners to gather and grow. We are dedicated to enriching our community and enhancing the lives of its people through visionary service and a responsive eye toward the future.
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Strategic Plan 2021-2024: Goals & Actions
Goal 1: Creating Welcoming Spaces
ACTION 1: Monroe Public Library will explore changes that could make the library a more inviting space for different subsets of the community.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will explore the benefits of the concierge arrangement to welcome all community members.
Background Information: The concierge arrangement was implemented when reopening during the pandemic. This arrangement, a staffed desk at the facility entrance, has created a space to communicate with patrons of all ages while helping to manage noise levels.
ACTION 3: Monroe Public Library will consider demand for program and event spaces when making facility changes.
ACTION 4: Monroe Public Library will consider noise levels when making policies and facility changes.
Background Information: It can be a challenge for all areas of the library to agree on noise levels.
ACTION 5: Monroe Public Library will explore environmentally sound options in daily operations as well as in future renovations and upgrades.
Goal 2: Exploring Communications and Marketing
ACTION 1: Monroe Public Library will revise the marketing and communications plan with additional information, including relevant budgetary decisions.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will explore additional opportunities for promotion and communication about everything the library has to offer.
Goal 3: Ensuring Access to Services
ACTION 1: Monroe Public Library will explore modifying open hours.
Background Information: The library maintains a door counter and takes other statistics to inform decisions about such matters.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will explore expanding checkout options, such as self-check, a second floor checkout location, and after-hours lockers.
ACTION 3: Monroe Public Library will explore the creation of a dropoff site.
Background Information: A separate location could improve connections with parts of the community who live in other neighborhoods, work alternative shifts, or prefer a car-accessible dropoff method.
ACTION 4: Monroe Public Library will continue curbside pickup and homebound delivery services.
Background Information: Both options were popularized and refined during the pandemic to great success.
Goal 4: Addressing Demand of Materials and Diversity of the Collection
ACTION 1: Monroe Public Library will explore ways to make recent materials more available to patrons, such as with the Most Wanted collection.
Background Information: As part of a library system with a shared collection, there may be a perception that up-to-date materials are not as readily available to Monroe patrons. The Most Wanted Collection provides new, in-demand materials without a wait list specifically to patrons of this library.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will explore increased availability of digital materials.
Background Information: There is little local control over digital materials through our statewide consortium, and any budget increase would provide materials that are shared among the system.
Goal 5: Providing Access to Programs and Events
ACTION 1: Monroe Public Library will study program demand through documentation.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will explore recording programs to offer asynchronous access.
Background Information: Online storytime and other recorded events were well-received during the pandemic. Staff must consider copyright and distribution factors when recording programs.
ACTION 3: Monroe Public Library will explore expanding programming to different themes, types, and options.
ACTION 4: Monroe Public Library will explore taking donations for program materials.
Background Information: Cost of materials can be a barrier for library staff to implement certain events.
Goal 6: Operating in a Fiscally Responsible Manner
ACTION 1: Current and future fundraising efforts of the Monroe Public Library will target the goals of the strategic plan.
ACTION 2: Monroe Public Library will continue to monitor processes and assess vendors to ensure fiscally responsible operations.
ACTION 3: Monroe Public Library will regularly assess the possibilities of restructuring or eliminating fines.