CIVICTechnologies, the consultant hired by the Library Board of Trustees to carry out the Public Engagement project, presented its findings to the library board Sept. 7.
More discussion will be occurring to best use this important data going forward. The results will be an integral part of the library's strategic planning process.
At the Ad-hoc Planning Subcommittee meeting on Oct. 14, the committee reviewed a process for designing a new strategic plan. The process will begin in early 2017. Questions about the process can be directed to Library Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As directed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees (library board) is undertaking an interactive project to solicit public and staff input about the types of services and programs Fairfax County Public Library could offer in the future.
The project is scheduled for completion in fall of 2016. The project is guided through a unique process represented in the Project Roadmap. The library board has the option of authorizing a strategic plan to be prepared after completion of the public input. The project is managed by the planning committee of the library board.
The project will seek information about public and staff perceptions about the library; the types of services that will meet current and future community needs, interests and concerns; and how the library can better communicate its value to the residents of Fairfax County.
The project is being prepared using a well-defined process displayed in the Project Roadmap. This process integrates the library and library board's desire to engage the community through a variety of means to build awareness, advocacy and support, and to lay the foundation for the future.
In June 2016, analysis began on all the public input received. The consulting team is preparing their findings and recommendations. Public input included a range of methods described below. Multiple means were undertaken to market and publicize the public input ranging from emailing library users, posting to social media, placing print ads, posting to the library web site and more.
A detailed description of the input methods and publicity will be provided in the consultant's report to the library board.
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The project kicked off in December 2015 and undertook diverse public engagement methods throughout the winter, spring, and early summer of 2016.
The following documents are available from the library upon request. Please contact Douglas Miller in order to obtain a CD with the following additional documentation from the public engagement effort.