Salem Public Library Strategic Plan


Salem Public Library has begun work on a five-year strategic plan, which will serve the library through the year 2026. The strategic plan will provide direction for the library and will inform how the library serves the changing needs of our community.

What is the Salem Public Library Strategic Plan?

In December 2020, the City of Salem sought proposals for a comprehensive strategic planning process to guide Salem Public Library operations for the next five years in support of the Library's mission and core values. The Portland-based Coraggio Group was selected to develop the Library Strategic Plan  through a comprehensive planning process to include a situation assessment and review of best practices.  

The strategic plan will consider:

  • equitable access to the Library building,
  • services beyond the building to reach more of Salem,
  • the purpose of the collection and collection development policy, and
  • the context of community need and organizational capacity at the Library and within the City organization.

The strategic plan will be easily adaptable and nimble enough to be reviewed often: where progress on goals and objectives is tracked and measured annually, and where all budget and service decisions are traced to the goals of the strategic plan.

What's next?

Schedule. We expect to resume the planning process in the spring of 2022.

Who's involved? To support this scope of work and desired engagement within our community, the Mayor appointed a steering committee of elected and appointed officials including Council members and various City Board Members and Commissioners. The Steering Committee will serve as a sounding board at key milestones and decision points. The Steering Committee will meet to consider preliminary findings and recommendations during the "Get Focused" phase. 

How can I provide input?  There will be many opportunities for you to provide input and insight into the Library Strategic Plan.  You can sign up for more information through this website and through Facebook and Library email notifications.



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