Library Strategic Plan 2013-2016


  1. Board of Trustees
  2. Library Mission
  3. Library Vision Statement
  4. Access to Services
  5. Education and Learning
  6. Celebrating Heritage and Culture


UINTAH COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Judith Huber, Chair
  • Andrea Smith, Secretary
  • Darlene Burns, Uintah County Commissioner
  • Rachelle Palmer
  • Sondra Sanders
  • Connie Johnson
  • W. Manford Gooch, III. M.D.
  • Sam Passey, Library Director

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MISSION: Uintah County Library supports people of all ages in their quests to learn, grow and discover. We promote individual and community growth by providing opportunities for lifelong learning and enrichment that are centered on first-rate informational resources. top


VISION STATEMENT: Residents of Uintah County will see their library as a social, educational and civic hub in the community. At the Library people will enjoy clean, high-quality facilities and services that support lifelong learning. top


ACCESS TO SERVICES: Patron holder satisfaction is our top priority. Policies will be shaped to improve and refine access to library services. Library services will be tailored to individual needs and are evaluated in an ongoing basis. Policies are reviewed triennially by library staff, trustees and other county officials. Specific steps and measures are identified in the Library’s Technology Plan.

REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • At the library, residents will have 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.
  • The Library will provide literature and information resources in a variety of formats including print books, e-books, audiobooks, children’s books and online resources.  The Library will better utilize mobile and electronic services to deliver materials to residents.
  • The Library utilize web analytics, surveys, and similar tools to gauge effectiveness and “ease of use” for our digital tools.
  • The Library will evaluate materials and make available those in need that are relevant to local needs and interests.
  • The Library will make provisions for material delivery service to home-bound patrons.
  • Tailoring library resources for aging populations will be a priority. We will work with local agencies and organizations that serve seniors. We will deliver services at locations where seniors already congregate.

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EDUCATION AND LEARNING: In the 21 st Century lifelong-learning and the ability to take advantage of tools and technologies is essential to successful living and building an informed citizenry. Learning, growing and discovering new and interesting things is important to providing a high quality of life within Uintah County.

REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • The Library will support and promote Pioneer: Utah’s Online Library developed by the State Library Division. The Library will actively train patrons on its use. We will utilize staff performance reviews to set and achieve training and re-training goals for staff members.
  • The Library will offer lifelong learning classes, workshops, lectures, as well as discussions that are in demand and locally relevant. We will work to achieve positive outcomes whereby participants will learn new skills, increase in knowledge and change behaviors or attitudes. We will measure success by using pre- and post-workshop evaluations and by gathering and sharing success stories.
  • The Library will partner with schools, volunteer groups and civic clubs to teach “information literacy” skills through community classes, advertisements and one-on-one opportunities.
  • The Library will sponsor book and author evenings in partnership with Utah Humanities.
  • The Library will promote early childhood learning and literacy through a robust series of youth programming including story time sessions and parenting skills classes. The library will coordinate with other relevant agencies and organizations.
  • Volunteers are essential to successful libraries. Our valuable volunteers will have rewarding experiences.
  • Librarians will visit schools, day care centers, head start, preschools, businesses and civic clubs to introduce and deliver library servicesto community members.
  • The Library will partner with government groups, non-profits, universities, service groups and the school district in supporting lifelong learning and literacy.
  • The Library will provide a highly trained and friendly staff to meet the needs of our patrons.

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CELEBRATING HERITAGE AND CULTURE: Uintah County has a rich cultural history and is a place where historically many different groups of people have come together to interact. The local communities have entrusted the Library with a role in protecting and sharing our heritage.

REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • The Library will continue to develop its first-rate Regional History Center and support its mission to collect, preserve and share local history and heritage materials.
  • The Library will maintain lists of local teachers of music and art.
  • The Library will sponsor discussion forums, screen special interest documentaries and promote conversation about local issues.
  • The Library will cross-promote and co-sponsor events with other local heritage organizations.

FACILITY DEVELOPMENT: Residents will have safe and welcoming physical spaces to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read. Open and accessible virtual spaces that support networking are of growing importance to the community.

REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES:

  • Uintah County Library will maintain its new building and take advantage of new technologies and tools that lower operating costs.
  • The Library board of trustees will evaluate needs for additional library facilities as needed and make recommendations to the Uintah County Commission accordingly.
  • The Library will invest in technology and staff training to provide a relevant and engaging online library experience.

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