The Louise & Lucile Hink/Tama Public Library
Strategic Five-Year Plan
Plan Developed Using Our Edge Assessment-Provided by the State Library Of Iowa
Connecting you to the joy of reading to live, learn and grow.
Top Four Service Responses Based on Survey Responses
Connect to the online world: Public Internet Access
Satisfy curiosity: Life-long learning.
Visit a comfortable place: Physical and virtual spaces.
Stimulate imagination: Reading, Viewing, and listening for pleasure
We provide friendly knowledgeable service and work to meet the expectations of our users.
We provide open and free access to all library users.
We protect the privacy of every individual who uses the library.
We respect each person who uses the library and each employee of the library.
We use taxpayer dollars effectively and seek to improve productivity whenever possible.
Tagline: Your Bridge to Information.
Our vision is to support a connected community of readers, learners, doers and dreamers
Service Response: Connect to the Online World: Public Internet Access
Goal: All residents will have availability to the library’s high-speed access to the digital world with no unnecessary restrictions or fees to ensure that everyone can take advantage of the ever-growing resources and services available through the Internet via computers.
Objective: The library will maintain a computer replacement schedule, purchasing replacement computers on a rotating basis.
Activity: The library will continue to budget for replacement of 3 CPUs per year.
Objective: The library will provide various current software versions for staff and patrons by upgrading library software when available.
Activity: The library will continue to budget for updates for the library software-Book Systems-Atriuum, continue to budget for upgrades to the virus software and will begin budgeting for upgrades on Office type software for staff and patron computers at an increase of 3% per year beginning FY19/20
Objective: The library will continue to lease printers and purchase monitors, and other electronic devices and office equipment as needed to provide on-line access and information retrieval.
Activity: The library will seek extra funding from outside sources or donations for replacement of monitors as needed to provide on-line access, at an amount of $200.00 per year or seek private donors for monitors. FY19/20.
Objective: The library will maintain its subscriptions to the Gale Databases, Credo and Transparent Languages, Bridges-on-line audio and e-books, Tumble books on-line-children’s animated books, and to the Ancestry databases.
Activity: The library will continue to budget to renew its subscriptions to Gale Databases, Credo, Transparent Languages, Bridges-on-line: audio and e-books, Tumble books on-line-children’s animated books and Ancestry Databases. The library will plan for an increase in cost of 3% yearly starting FY19/20.
Objective: The library will maintain Patron and staff workstations to keep them working and up to date for users ease of access.
Activity: The library will budget IT staff sufficient time to do upgrades to software, such as virus definitions, java, adobe, flash etc. and will increase that time by 1 hour per week per each year starting FY19/20
Activity: The library will continue to purchase yearly licensing for Smart Shield or Deep Freeze to keep patrons from making major changes on the public access computers. FY 19/20.
Objective: The library will increase the speed of its internet connections-wired and wireless when available.
Activity: The library will continue to budget for high speed internet and increase the budget by 3% to cover increases in cost. Beginning FY19/20
Objective: The library will maintain its web presence through the website, Facebook page and on-line card catalog.
Activity: The library will budget for staff time to keep the website up-to-date and the Facebook page current and will increase that time by 1 hour per week each year starting FY20/21.
Objective: The library staff will attend technology training to increase staff technology competencies.
Activity: The library will budget for extra staff hours to allow all staff members to attend either staff meeting training sessions or on-line training for technology. Each staff member should be allowed to attend two sessions per year FY20/21
Objective: The Library will plan to add a Network Server to the network and once again have all the computers networked to that server to save time on updates and changes.
Activity: The library will search for funding to purchase a network server for the library through grants or other fundraising activities. The Library will apply for at least one grant per year if available for this purpose. Estimated Server costs $1000.00. FY20/21
Activity: The library will increase the IT budget by $500.00 for setup of a network server and networking of all the library's computers. FY20/21
Activity: The library will purchase Windows Server Update Services, which will allow us to download Windows Updates for the Internet once and then push them to each computer on the local network using a schedule we will set. The library will increase computer Improvement funds by $500.00 per year for licensing. FY20/21.
Objective: The library will purchase Envision-ware Print management software for wireless and mobile printing.
Activity: Library will investigate costs of software and setup cost with plans to implement wireless printing FY 21/22
Objective: The library will update and replace Internet access hardware
Activity: The library will update the wireless modem hardware to a type such as Meraki Wi-Fi or Aruba Wi-Fi to keep track of wireless usage stats and to increase security The Library will apply for funding for $1300.00 to $1800.00 for equipment. FY 22/23
Activity: The library will investigate the costs of adding a Virtual Reality Learning Program like those offered through Victory VR. Or VT gaming for teens and pursue help with funding through community partners or youth organizations. FY 24/25
Service Response: Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning
Goal: All residents will have the resources they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
Objective: Circulation of books will increase yearly.
Activity: The library will increase the purchase of materials by 3% per year. FY 19/20
Objective: The library will continue to have children’s summer reading programs which will enable kids to learn about new subjects.
Activity: The library’s children’s summer reading program will start in June each year and maintain an enrollment of at least 100 children per year. FY20/21
Objective: The library will implement more children’s programming.
Activity: The library will add early out programming with an attendance of at least 5 people in attendance per program. FY 21/22
Activity: The library will start a children’s book club, meeting monthly, with a membership of at least 12. The club will read fiction and non- fiction books, beginning FY22/23
Activity: The library will need more staff hours or volunteers to help. The library will seek out 1 volunteer to oversee the book club for kids FY 22/23
Objective: The library will implement teen programming.
Activity: The library will plan to add a summer teen program with at least 10 teens participating. FY 20/21
Activity: The library will start a teen book club which will meet monthly, with a membership of at least 12, reading fiction and non-fiction books, FY21/22.
Activity: The library will seek out 1 volunteer to oversee a teen run club FY 21/22
Activity: Teens will implement a teen reading advisory group to help with teen book reviews and place those on-line at the library’s website with at least one review per week. FY22/23
Objective: The Library will begin Digital Literacy for Patrons
`Activity: The Library will provide one-on-one help by appointment with staff or volunteers for community members to promote digital literacy, scheduling at least one day or evening per week. FY 19/20
Activity: The library will provide structured scheduled classes on Internet searching skills and Social Media to promote digital literacy in our community once a month. FY20/21
Activity: The library will provide basic computer classes developed by library staff and/or volunteers to enhance the community's digital literacy once a month. FY 21/22
Activity: The library will provide structured scheduled classes on Office Productivity software once a month. FY 22/23
Activity: The library will begin a Maker-space program with STEM or STEAM subjects by developing a partnership with the school or other community organization. FY23/24
Service Response: Visit a Comfortable Place: Physical and Virtual Spaces
Goal: Residents will have safe and welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read and will have open and accessible virtual spaces that support networking.
Objective: The library provides a meeting room for public use.
Activity: The library will continue to offer a small public meeting room with a document camera and projector for use within that room. The annual usage stats will give us our measurement. FY19/20
Objective: The library offers a children’s theater area in which patrons can view movies.
Activity: The Library will continue to purchase movie licenses and provide a movie day on Sundays October through April. The library will maintain the movie equipment. Annual usage will indicate the measurement. FY19/20
Objective: The library will investigate the possibility of expanding the building by enclosing the patio area, making it an extra room to be used for an area for teens and/or other programming.
Activity: A feasibility study will be conducted with grant writing for at least 50% of the project costs FY20/21
Activity: Fundraising will begin for the remainder of construction costs of the patio enclosure. FY21/22.
Activity: Building begins with a deadline of no more than one year to complete. FY22/23
Activity: Room will be complete with area for teen/Young Adult ages with wireless internet. Goal will be measured by use of room once it is completed FY23/24
Service Response: Stimulate Imagination: reading, viewing, and listening for pleasure.
Goal: The residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they want, when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.
Objective: The community will see the library as a source of entertainment through various methods.
Activity: The library will maintain and enlarge by 3% annually, the collection of movies and books on CD for the next 5 years. FY19/20
Activity: The library board will appoint a committee to investigate funding and endowment sources available to expand our current services, adding one new service every other year. FY20/21
Activity: The Library Board of Trustees will investigate the cost and conditions to start a new library foundation and will appoint a foundation board with officers and set by-laws for the board, according to Federal and State laws. FY20/21
Activity: The library will maintain the current periodical collection and investigate the costs/need of digital subscriptions. FY 21/22
Activity: The library will provide electronic gaming in-library with an increase of attendees each year for the next three years FY22/23
Activity: The library will provide an online reading club for adults with an increase in membership by 5% yearly. FY23/24
Board Approved: January 2019
The Library Board of Trustees and the Director will review and update the Strategic Plan annually at the Regular October meeting.