Solano County Library strategic plan created to address needs



To proactively provide resources and services that meet the needs of Solano County, the Department of Library Services created a five-year Strategic Plan.

Representatives from the department will present the plan Tuesday to the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

“This new five-year Strategic Plan will help the library address current and future library service needs for the community and enable the library to make thoughtful service and budget decisions,” according to county staff.

CIVIC Technologies, the library’s consultant, worked with the library’s administrative and management team, and received input from approximately 2,000 residents including leaders from government, non-profit organizations, business and education.

The plan establishes specific local and county library service priorities and enables the library to make thoughtful service and budget decision, according to staff.

The “big takeaways” included in the consultant’s executive summary of the Strategic Plan include:

• Reach library customers where they are, in the library, online and in the community.

• Provide resources for people to dream, discover and innovate.

• Expand virtual and community engagement.

• Evolve an organizational culture that embraces changes and innovates.

• Balance unified countywide strategies with differentiated local service area strategies.

• Implement new mission, vision and organizational values statements.

• Prepare a strategic framework with market and organizational development strategies.

• Provide implementation “logic models,” action plans and roll out plan.

The new mission included in the report is, “We are the people, places and services that spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and champion learning.

Additionally, the new vision is, “We unify the county, providing our unique and diverse communities with quality library resources and services. We inspire all residents to achieve success, live in healthy, vibrant communities, and engage in creative, collaborative and cultural activities.”

The report also included market strategies providing a description, outcome and theme.

For instance, Strategy No. 3 — Youth Success notes that, “The library provides a range of reading, programming and learning resources to support in and out of school learning.” The outcome is that “children, supported by their parents and caregivers, are prepared to succeed in school.”

Two themes were listed:

• Bridge the Education Gap includes two initiatives — Children Prepared to Enter Kindergarten and Children Reading at Grade Level.


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• Youth Self-Directed Learning includes two initiatives — Youth Engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineer and mathematics) and Youth Engaged in Literature and Arts.

The strategic plan will be presented to the Solano County Board of Supervisors at 1 p.m. in the County Government Center, 675 Texas St., Fairfield.

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