LONG RANGE PLAN, 2015-2017
Mission Statement: Anderson Public Library informs, connects, engages, and empowers.
A. Statement of Community Needs and Goals
Anderson Public Library (APL) used focus groups and information gathered by other agencies to determine the needs and goals of our community members. The focus groups were: Network 101, Anderson Literacy Coalition, Anderson Area Youth Leadership Academy, APL Teen Advisory Board, Economic Leadership Group, and Anderson Small Business Group. United Way generously shared information they gathered during Community Conversations they have conducted. APL also used the long range plans from the City of Anderson, the Town of Lapel, and the Early Literacy Committee.
The community needs articulated by the different groups are:
1. A strong educational system
2. More opportunities for youth
3. Better employment opportunities
4. More cultural opportunities
5. Economic development
The community goals articulated by the different groups are:
1. Offer more cultural programs
2. Offer job searching assistance
3. Offer job application and resume review services
4. Offer resources for making various life decisions
5. Offer more public meeting places
B. Service Responses
1. Build Successful Enterprises: Business and Nonprofit Support
Business owners and nonprofit organizations’ directors and their managers will have the tools they need to develop and maintain strong, viable organizations.
Goal A: The Library will support local businesses and nonprofit organizations by supplying information, services, and resources to assist in the development and maintenance of strong, viable organizations.
1. Objective: Provide information, services, and resources to assist community members interested in starting new businesses or improving and expanding existing businesses.
1. Purchase books on starting a business and writing a business plan. (annually)
2. Subscribe to business-related periodicals. (annually)
3. Subscribe to business-related databases, such as A to Z Databases and INSPIRE’s Small Business Resource Center. (annually)
4. Provide APL’s New Business Start-Up Packet. (annually)
5. Partner with other organizations to provide programs on appropriate topics. (annually)
6. Provide free or low-cost business-related services such as Internet access, printing, copying, faxing, and scanning. (annually)
2. Objective: Provide information, services, and resources to assist nonprofit organizations in maintaining, improving, and expanding their existing organizations.
1. Purchase books on nonprofit-related topics. (annually)
2. Subscribe to the Foundation Directory Online database. (annually)
3. Purchase the Foundation Directory in print format. (annually)
4. Subscribe to A to Z Databases. (annually)
5. Provide at least two Foundation Center workshops per year. (annually)
6. Partner with other organizations/individuals to provide programs on appropriate topics. (annually)
Goal B: The Library will support local businesses and government agencies by creating and facilitating a web page development class to assist them in establishing an online presence.
1. Objective: Create and facilitate a web page development class to assist business owners and governmental officials interested in establishing an online presence.
1. Devise a time frame/schedule for the class. (annually)
2. Purchase web page development books. (annually)
3. Facilitate the class. (annually or more often as needed)
2. Objective: Promote web page development class to business owners and governmental officials.
1. Create a web slide to promote the class. (annually)
2. Promote the class via traditional print and social media outlets.
2. Celebrate Diversity: Cultural Awareness
Residents will have programs and services that promote appreciation and understanding of their personal heritage and the heritage of others in the community.
Goal A: The Library will support local residents’ personal heritage by supplying information, services, and resources that promote appreciation and understanding of various cultures.
1. Objective: Provide multicultural information, services, and resources to educate and entertain residents of all ages.
1. Purchase appropriate materials. (annually)
2. Subscribe to Rocket Languages and Rosetta Stone. (annually)
2. Objective: Provide multicultural programs to educate and entertain residents of all ages.
1. Incorporate diversity in a children’s storytime once a month. (annually)
2. Provide teen Culture Club programs twice per year.
3. Provide a Multicultural Food and Fun Fair for all ages. (2017)
4. Locate a volunteer to assist with translating and networking within the local Hispanic community if needed.
5. Show a multicultural film suitable for family viewing. (annually)
3. Create Young Readers: Early Literacy
Children from birth to age five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.
Goal A: Provide quality early literacy programs for residents of our community.
1. Objective: Prepare babies, toddlers and preschoolers with the experience and skills needed for school readiness.
1. Babies – present twenty-four baby programs based on ECRR 2 (Every Child Ready to Read) principles and emphasizing traditional nursery rhymes. (annually)
2. Toddlers – present twenty-four toddler programs based on ECRR 2 principles and emphasizing sensory exploration. (annually)
3. Preschoolers – present twenty-four preschool programs based on ECRR principles. (annually)
4. Present five Family Literacy Night programs. (annually)
5. Visit Early Literacy Centers 150 times to provide storytimes in classrooms. (annually)
6. Deliver books to twenty Early Literacy Centers. (annually)
7. Present four programs at the Lapel Branch. (annually)
2. Objective: Equip parents and caregivers with skills they can use outside the library to create young readers.
1. Have a family event showcasing educational apps, games, websites, and library resources for different age groups. (annually)
2. Teach songs, rhymes, and fingerplays during 24 baby and toddler storytimes based on ECRR 2 principles. (annually)
3. Highlight one parent caregiver resource from our collection each month.(annually)
4. Present an “at home activities” workshop for parents and caregivers to encourage them to create activities for their children at home. (annually)
3. Objective: Partner with the schools to promote reading for pleasure and to provide information to school age children.
1. Partner with Anderson Community School Corporation and Frankton-Lapel schools to create a communication channel to elementary school teachers. (annually)
2. Attend Kindergarten Camps to promote library services. (annually)
3. Present five in-class programs during the school year. (annually)
4. Use bookmark flyers, school websites, and social media to advertise programs, services, and collections directly to students. (annually)
5. Continue to create relationships with media specialists. (annually)
6. Present ten in-house, school-age programs during the school year. (annually)
7. Offer sixteen school-age programs during Summer Reading. (annually)
4. Make Career Choices: Job and Career Development
Adults and teens will have the skills and resources they need to identify career opportunities that suit their individual strengths and interests.
Goal A: The Library will support local job development for adults and teens by supplying information, services, and resources that enhance skills and assist in the identification of career opportunities.
1. Objective: Provide information, services, and resources to assist adults and teens with job searching.
1. Purchase books on job searching and careers. (annually)
2. Subscribe to A to Z Databases. (annually)
3. Partner with other organizations/individuals to provide programs on appropriate topics. (annually)
2. Objective: Provide a non-threatening environment for job seekers to receive one-on-one assistance with resume writing and interview skills.
1. Provide meeting room space for practice interviews. (annually)
2. Provide basic computer skills classes. (annually)
3. Partner with other organizations/individuals to provide appropriate programs. (annually)
5. Make Informed Decisions: Health, Wealth, and Other Life Choices
Residents will have the resources they need to identify and analyze risks, benefits, and alternatives before making decisions that affect their lives.
Goal A: Provide space and opportunities for local agencies to provide services and information to the community for improved accessibility to health initiatives.
1. Objective: APL will partner with local organizations to provide current health information and limited services.
1. Partner with the Madison County Health Department to provide space for flu shot administration to the community. (annually)
2. Partner with the East Central Indiana Dental Hygienist’s Association to plan a Dental Fair for children’s dental screening in the Children’s Department. (annually)
3. Partner with local organizationsto offer at least two workshops for at-risk families highlighting health insurance options and healthy lifestyles. (annually)
2. Objective: The Library will seek partnerships for providing programs on community issues.
1. Host the Third House sessions in partnership with the Madison County Chamber and the League of Women Voters. (annually)
2. Partner with appropriate agencies to offer programs needed in the community. (annually)
6. Succeed in School: Homework Help
Students will have the resources they need to succeed in school.
Goal A: Strengthen partnerships with Anderson Community School Corporation and Frankton-Lapel Schools.
1. Objective: The Library will partner with the schools to promote the use of homework-related library resources.
1. Subscribe to Tutor.com. (annually)
2. Expand our Homework Help webpage with resources to help with common homework assignments at each grade level.
3. Ask the Anderson Community School Corporation and Frankton-Lapel Schools to provide a link to APL’s Homework Help webpage on their school websites.
4. Promote the use of the library for homework help during teen and children’s school outreach programs. (annually)
5. Create a flyer for parents promoting library programs and services to be left at school offices. (2015)
6. Participate in teacher meetings and promote our services. (annually)
2. Objective: Increase school success by encouraging reading for pleasure.
1. Offer three reading promotions aimed at school-age children. (annually)
2. Offer a Read ‘n’ Feed program for fourth and fifth graders. (2017)
3. Work with elementary school librarians to encourage self-directed pleasure reading. (annually)
4. Give books away at Kindergarten Camps and the Back to School Bash. (annually)
7. Visit a Comfortable Place: Physical and Virtual Spaces
Residents will have safe and welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read, and will have open and accessible virtual spaces that support social networking.
Goal A: Residents will have safe and welcoming places to meet and interact with others.
1. Objective: Provide quiet study space for individuals and meeting rooms for groups.
1. Continue to provide meeting rooms for public use.
2. Consider developing small, private spaces to be used for activities like tutoring or one-on-one meetings.
3. Continue to upgrade public meeting spaces to accommodate new technologies.
4. Maintain the vending area.
5. Explore front-facing bin shelving for children’s picture books.
6. Consider developing parenting areas in the Children’s Department. (2014)
2. Objective: Provide a dedicated space for teens where they can participate in fun, interesting, up-to-date library activities.
1. Visit local middle schools and high schools to conduct booktalks, promote books and teen programming, and encourage library use. (annually)
2. Create four teen-specific displays. (annually)
3. Host at least one teen author event. (annually)
Goal B: Residents will have accessible electronic resources and virtual spaces that support social networking.
1. Objective: All Library users will find new technologies and collections that engage personal interests and reflect current trends.
1. Allocate at least 16% of the Library budget for materials. (annually)
2. Monitor emerging technologies and practices to stay aware of state-of–the-art hardware and software applications that the Library can implement to benefit the community. (ongoing)
3. Provide and maintain wireless Internet access, a public scanner, and one public access computer for every 1,000 people in APL’s service district per requirements for the “Enhanced” level of the Indiana State Library Eligibility Standards. (annually)
4. Integrate tablet technology into children’s programming. (2015)
5. Create school-age programming using iPads to teach students media production and information retrieval. (2017)
6. Have a family event showcasing educational apps, games, websites, and library resources for different age groups. (annually)
2. Objective: The Library will keep the website current and fresh for use 24/7 from any location.
1. Maintain all of the Library’s social networking sites with up-to-date information. (ongoing)
2. Continually evaluate new social networking sites and apps for relevancy and applicability to the website. (ongoing)
C. Assessment of Facilities, Services, Technology, and Operations
2015: As LED technology improves, replace lighting at the Main Library and Lapel Branch Library
2016: Begin discussing space study and renovation plans
APL offers Interlibrary Loan to its customers and participates in the statewide delivery program. The Library offers a Summer Reading Program at both locations. APL meets the exceptional level for programs offered. The Library budgets at least 16% of its operating budget for collections, which meets the enhanced level. Collections include books, audio-visual materials, electronic media, and databases. APL will monitor its financial situation and, if possible, increase its materials budget to 20% to meet the exceptional level.
APL provides 85 public computers (75 at the Main Library and 10 at the Lapel Branch), which meets the enhanced level of service. The Library also provides twelve laptops (eight circulating, three for in-house use only at Main, and one for in-house use only at Lapel) and circulates twenty iPads. APL offers public faxing, printing, and copying at both locations, and has two public scanners at Main and one at Lapel. The Library works with eKeeper Systems to maintain its backup process, disaster recovery, business continuity, and network security and management. In 2015, APL will explore the possibility of migrating to different systems that will provide improved functionality and support for its email system, self-check units, and mobile computer lab.
APL will continue to monitor our financial situation and, if feasible, increase open hours at Main and Lapel. APL is currently operating at the basic level.
D. Evaluation Process
This plan will be reviewed yearly at the Library Board’s annual meeting. The assessment and financial resource sections will be evaluated during the budget process and modified accordingly. All revisions will be submitted to the State Library within one month of the Board’s annual meeting. The Board will receive quarterly updates during each plan year regarding our progress.
E. Financial Resources and Sustainability
APL's property tax receipts, COIT, and other revenue will be sufficient to fund the plan.
APL has a healthy Operating Balance, LIRF, and Rainy Day Funds to use for any remodeling projects approved by the Board based on the space study.
F. Collaboration with Other Library Organizations and Community Partners
1. Anderson Public Library will maintain our memberships with the following library organizations: OCLC, MCLS, and ILF.
2. Anderson Public Library will continue to send staff to ILF conferences and workshops. We will continue to pay the member rate for staff to attend these professional development sessions.
3. Anderson Public Library will seek opportunities to share programming such as author events and performers with other libraries when feasible to offset costs.
Anderson Public Library will collaborate with various agencies as we begin work on the activities in this plan. Potential partners are:
1. Network 101, WorkOne, and Anderson University (Service Response: Make Career Choices).
2. Madison County Health Department, East Central Indiana Dental Hygienist’s Association, United Way, Madison County Chamber, and League of Women Voters (Service Response: Make Informed Decisions).
3. Anderson Community School Corporation and Frankton-Lapel Schools (Service Response: Create Young Readers).
4. Flagship Enterprise, SCORE, Small Business Association (Service Response: Build Successful Enterprises).
5. Staff members will participate on appropriate community committees.
6. APL will partner with appropriate organizations to offer financial literacy programs.
7. APL will partner with the Madison County Bar Association to present the Talk to a Lawyer events.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees 1/21/15.