As the Director of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), it is my pleasure to share with you the Library’s new Strategic Plan. I am lucky to work for this fantastic public library system where every day is a pleasure. I can share with you that Fairfax County is served by a library system that focuses on world class facilities, positive and knowledgeable staff, a wide roster of programs, and a collection that suits any reader who walks through the (physical or virtual) door.
FCPL began its journey towards this new plan in 2015 with the Library Board of Trustees Public Engagement Initiative. From the data generated in the Public Engagement Report, released in 2016, a staff planning committee was formed. More than sixty employees were energized about the planning process and volunteered their time and energy to participate! The staff committee took great care to thoroughly review areas including the library mission, vision, values, strengths, weaknesses, goals and objectives, being sure to bring each developed part and piece to the Library Board’s Planning Committee. The base of the document grew over the course of 2017 and the final plan was completed in early 2018.
As you read through FCPL’s plan for the future, know that the Library’s goal is to sustain and grow the great slate of programs, services, spaces, and collections that are offered to the community. To marry the traditional and much-loved services the library provides with the new and emerging that will allow the library to evolve and thrive far into the future. To blend technology with community partnerships, collections with access, and to find the happy medium where every member of the community is able to find what they need at the library.
With our five focus areas of Access, Innovation, Civic Engagement, Technology and Literacy, we will be able to strengthen the Library’s ability to be a positive change agent for individuals and to make lasting impact in our community. Welcome to the Fairfax County Public Library’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. It’s been a long road to get here but well worth the wait.
Jessica A. Hudson