The Library is embarking on a strategic plan that will help set goals for 2018-2020. Library staff and board members are working to create a plan that will help shape not just the Library's future, but the Wilmette and Kenilworth communities as a whole. Throughout November and December 2017, staff members conducted community conversations with a wide variety of groups and individuals throughout Wilmette. In January and February 2018, we will be taking that data and creating goals and tasks that will help make the Library even more relevant and useful to the Wilmette community. Stay tuned for more information and the full plan in the late winter or early spring 2018.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our aspirations-focused community conversations! We are getting closer to finishing up our strategic planning process. It has been so interesting to hear what residents have been saying during our enlightening conversations, focus groups, and surveys. We are hearing from people that they love they library, use it a lot, and want us to keep up the good work. In particular, patrons are calling out the level of excellent and personalized service that they are receiving from a friendly and helpful staff.
There are some interesting trends that we are hearing about, and those include a desire for more curation and discoverability of materials, more cultural programming, intergenerational events, opportunities for learning new skills, participatory DIY programs, updated technology, spaces for connection in meeting rooms, diversity of experiences, and an opportunity for civic engagement and community dialogue. Plus, people wish there was better parking and some coffee! There’s a lot of exciting opportunities in our future. We will be crafting the new 3 year strategic plan on Jan. 19-20 with our consultant at Mallinckrodt Center. I wish to thank the Park District for their generosity in letting us use their space for this important initiative. For two days, the strategic planning team, library leadership team, Board of Trustees, Friends of WPL, and staff representatives will all put our heads together and collaboratively decide what our top priorities will be and how we can translate those into measurable action plans for implementation. I’m very excited about this process, and can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas!
Director of Wilmette Public Library