Swarthmore Library’s Planning Vision is 20/20

Swarthmore Public Library Director Amber Osborne

Swarthmore Public Library Director Amber Osborne

What’s the plan? Something new, for starters.

Swarthmore Public Library Director Amber Osborne announced that SWPL has completed its first strategic plan, carefully developed and intended to guide the library through the period from 2017 through 2020. The plan is available for your review at the library, and also available online at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org.

Amber Osborne recently described the process, and the product of nearly a year’s efforts, involving many in the Swarthmore community:

“Despite all the Library already has to offer the community, we are aware that SWPL must continue to grow and adapt in order to meet the changing needs of Swarthmore residents. The 20/20 Vision: Swarthmore Public Library Strategic Plan is the culmination of our effort to set a course for the future of our Library using the community’s input as the North Star.

“The 20/20 Planning Committee began meeting in March of 2016. Our first activity was to gather library staff, board members, and volunteers to participate in a SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) Analysis to identify both the environment the Library currently operates within, as well as how we envision the Library’s future. Next, we gathered wider public input through an online survey, canvassing in town center, and an interactive bulletin board housed in Borough Hall, spending the following months evaluating the findings and drafting the plan.

“This three year strategic plan sets a course for the future, as well as a new mission for SWPL; based on our community’s input we have built around four priorities: read, meet, discover, and grow. We have created several goals within these priorities, as well as actions we plan to take in order to meet these goals. Some of these goals are small and some are big, but no matter the size we look forward to meeting them all.

“The Library sincerely thanks the community for taking the time to answer our questions with honesty and enthusiasm. We hope you are as excited as us, about the future of Swarthmore Public Library!”

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