Deerfield Public Library Strategic Plan
FY 2017 – FY 2019
A note from Library Director Amy Falasz-Peterson:
I’m proud to announce that our Board has finished an almost year-long strategic planning process. We invited community opinion, which directed the development of our service targets for the next three years.
The Board worked with a consultant and facilitator, Donna Fletcher, to assist in our strategic planning process. Donna has extensive experience working with libraries both professionally as a consultant and personally as a Highland Park Library Trustee. Donna facilitated a survey of Deerfield residents, both in print and with follow-up telephone discussions.
Over 80% of survey respondents had extremely positive things to say about the Library, and there is always room for improvement. Many respondents wanted to see more programming and materials. In addition, there was interest in incorporating more technology in the Library. As a result of the surveys and analysis, the Library will focus on the following areas for 2017-2019:
- Quick, easy access to services and materials
- Educational and entertainment materials and programs for all ages
- Comfortable, adaptable interior spaces
- Technology enhancements and improvements
Over the next three years, we will roll out new services for our community. In 2017, we intend to increase the number of copies we have of high-demand materials, and we will begin to restructure and enhance our programming options.