Salem Public Library Strategic Plan


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 the 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 are tracked and measured annually, and where all budget and service decisions are traced to the goals of the strategic plan.

What's next?

Schedule. Steering Committee and community engagement work is scheduled for completion by August 2021, as the Library seismic upgrade is complete and the Main Library re-opens. This strategic plan work is expected to conclude with a joint work session with Salem City Council. More details about the schedule of milestones will be available on this webpage soon!

Who's involved? To support this scope of work and desired engagement within our community, the City of Salem will assemble an advisory group 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. 

How can I provide input?  There will be many opportunities for you to provide input and insight to 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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