Strategic Plan

WVPL Strategic Plan 2022-2027

Mission-Vision-Values

To welcome, connect, and inspire our community.

Tagline--What interests you?

Vision--The place where you are always welcome.

We Value:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Literacy and lifelong learning
  • Freedom of expression
  • Technology for all
  • Community connection
  • Respect and honesty
  • Creativity and curiosity
  • Enthusiasm and energy
 
Strategic Priority: Community Engagement
Goal: Create a thriving, nimble and inclusive library that serves and responds to community needs
Objective Actions Responsible Timeframe Measurement
Increase library usage
  • Increase # of programs
  • Advertise electronic services
  • Increase Ambler community room usage
  • Annie, Bobbie, Delia
  • Anne & Bobbie
  • Annie
Years 1-5
 
 
  • # new members
  • # library visits
  • # attending library programs
  • increase in circulation of electronic materials
  • increase Ambler community room usage
Expand the library's robust, diverse collection
  • Assesment of collection: diversity audit
  • Purchase additional materials
  • Anne
  • Librarians
Year 1
  • Results of assessment
  • # of diverse books purchased
Increase materials in various formats
  • Test read along books Ambler
  • Test playaway Blue Bell
  • Test hotspots
  • Annie
  • Erin
  • Anne
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
  • Check circulation statistics on new collections
Expand the variety of programs
  • Start International Program
  • Plan programs that target different audiences
  • Bobbie
  • Bobbie & Annie
Year 2
Years 1-5
  • # diverse programs
Enhance awareness of services and programs
  • Plan community outreach events
  • Plan outreach to local non-profits, etc.
  • Bobbie & Annie
  • Erin & Delia
Years 1-5
  • # outreach events
Reach out to un/underserved community members
  • Reach out to Rising Stars Homework Help program to partner
  • Plan programs at Boys & Girls Club
  • Anne & Annie
  • Erin &  Delia
Year 1
  • Did a partnership form?
  • # programs held at Boys & Girls Club
Strategic Priority: Technology
Goal: Provide reliable, accessible and user-friendly technology services
Objective Actions Responsible Timeframe Measurement
Continue to update equipment
  • Purchase new laptop lab
  • Purchase new presentation laptops
  • Purchase AWE children's learning computers
  • Update 2 Ambler patron computers
  • Purchase or lease a photocopier for Ambler (wireless printing)
  • Adam
  • Adam
  • Anne
  • Adam
  • Adam
  • Annie & Anne
Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
Year 3
  • Completion of purchases
Train staff
  • Zoom
  • new laptop lab
  • new presentation computer & LCD projector
  • Goggle Workspace
  • New copier in Ambler
  • Tech Team
Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
Year 2
Year 3
  • Completion of trainings
Create reliable and varied communication systems
  • Change email system to Google workspace
  • Investigate possible VOIP providers
  • Write a cyber-security response plan
  • Find a Wi-Fi printing solution
  • Investigate Send in Blue texting
  • Tech Team
  • Anne
  • Adam
  • Tech Team
  • Tech Team
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 2
Year 4
  • Survey Admin Team
  • Completion of Cyber Security Plan
  • Survey Admin Team
Efficiently manage passwords
  • Purchase password protection software
  • Teach admin team to use
  • Adam
  • Admin Team
Year 1
Year 2

 

Strategic Priority: Space
Goal: Create a safe, accessible, welcoming and comforable environment

Objective Actions Responsible Timeframe Measurement
Update Main Library Facility in Blue Bell
  • carpet
  • paint
  • roof
  • parking lot
  • outdoor space
  • create more comfortable study rooms
  • update dated furniture
  • create 2 permanent conference rooms
  • add a car charging station
  • new bike rack
  • water bottle fountain
  • outlets
  • Complete RACP grant (need final figure for payment)
  • Get estimates for repaving parking lot
  • Get estimates to replace roof (Atlantic roofing)
  • Get advice from Al Comly or another architect
  • Get estimate for construction of 2 conference rooms and adding windows to study rooms
  • Contact painters
  • Contact carpet companies
  • Seek grant for the outdoor space
  • Seek additional grants if necessary
  • Get estimate for car charging station
  • Contact plumbers to put in a new water foundation and update the bathrooms
  • Order a new bike rack
  • If needed, have an electrician add outlets
Anne

Year 1
Year 2
Year 2
Year 3
Year 3
Year 4
Year 4
Year 5
Years 1-5
Year 1
Year 2
Year 5
Year 5

  • Completion of renovation
Seek to become a recognized warming & cooling station during disasters
  • Contact and collaborate with Whitpain Township, Ambler Borough and Lower Gwynedd
Anne & Annie Year 2
  • Did they add the library to their plans?

Strategic Priority: Staff
Goal: Knowledgeable, positive and supported staff

Objective Actions Responsible Timeframe Measurement
Create atmosphere of belonging
  • Team building programs
  • Plan outside of work staff activities 1-2 times per year
  • Admin Team
  • Anne
Years 1-5  
Hire staff who are representative of the community
  • Activate racial equity plan activities
  • Equity Team
Years 1-5  
Update policies
  • Update Personnel Policy
  • Write 1 page succession plan
  • Write disaster vendor recovery list
  • Write 1 page unilateral emergency plan
  • Anne & Liz
  • Anne
  • Anne
  • Anne
Years 1-5
  • Completion of plans and policy updates
Create a competitive pay scale
  • Raise staff salaries
  • Compare staff salaries with local staff salaries
  • Anne
Year 1
Year 3
 
Update training program
  • Have new staff complete staff training and alert Admin Team about what needs updating
  • Admin Team updates the work competencies
  • Add racial equity lessons
  • Admin Team
Year 1
Years 2-3
Years 4-5
  • Completion of staff training updates and additions

Strategic Priority: Sustainability
Goal: Create a multi-pronged approach to sustainability

Objective Actions Responsible Timeframe Measurement
Balance investment portfolio
  • Hire a fiduciary to manage investments
Anne & Michaelle Year 1
  • Complete
Fundraise digitally
  • Add phone digital fundraising
Tech Team Year 3
  • When donations can be made through texting
Continue grant writing
  • Complete grant process for RACP
  • Write grant to VNA Foundation for diversity audit
  • Write grant to ARP for paying for Hoopla
  • Continue writing grants for COVID relief
  • Keep up with new local and library grants opportunities
Anne Year 1
Year 1
Year 1
 
Years 2-3
Years 1-5
  • Grants awarded
Create expectation of Board fundraising
  • Have Board sign annual memo of understanding (affirmation of fundraising expectation)
Board Years 1-5
  • Signed documents