The Gloucester County Library System announces that it has completed a formal Strategic Plan for 2013-2016. The Strategic Plan will guide GCLS as it meets the changing needs and expectations of the diverse communities it serves.
In the fall of 2012, the Gloucester County Library Commission engaged the services of the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) to facilitate the strategic planning process. A customer survey was distributed both online and on paper. A separate survey was sent to library staff. Three public community forums were held. Library Commissioners were involved throughout the process.
The Strategic Plan defines the vision and mission of the Gloucester County Library System.
GCLS libraries are the center of an informed, engaged, and connected community.
The Gloucester County Library System provides welcoming community spaces where people gather to learn, create, and have fun.
After review and analysis of the data received, the GCL Commission set five priorities and goals to be addressed during the planning period.
Priority I: Staffing
Goal: Provide the best possible library service at all location s by employing an adequate number of qualified staff with the skills, education, and certification levels required to meet the needs of the community.
Priority II: Services and Programs
Goal: Meet the community’s increasing and changing needs for services and programs that inform, engage, and connect.
Priority III: Technology
Goal: Expand and enhance library services by improving the existing technology infrastructure and staying current with emerging technologies.
Priority IV: Facilities
Goal: Provide 21st century library facilities throughout the county to serve as community learning centers for residents of GCLS member communities and beyond.
Priority V: Funding
Goal: Provide outstanding 21st century library service by remaining fiscally responsible and securing the long-term financial health of GCLS.
The Gloucester County Library Commission and the library management team will continually measure and evaluate the library’s progress and success. The Library Commissioners and staff will regularly confer to assess progress in meeting the goals and objectives and make modifications depending on changing needs and circumstances during the planning cycle.
The complete GCLS Strategic Plan, “Our Library, Our Future," is available below.