Strategic Plan

Our Vision for the Future

Every three years, the Library embarks on a strategic planning process to consider current, anticipated and possible future community needs. Careful consideration is given to determine which of those needs the Library can help meet. These strategic directions provide the foundation for the kinds of services that we develop and prioritize. 

Working with the community, Ela Library staff, Board of Trustees and volunteers, we identified our mission, vision, core values and the pillars of our strategic plan. The full plan is available here, but we'd like to share the core values that we identified during the process. These values provide the foundation for the kinds of services that we develop and prioritize, and we're sure that you can see some of your own values reflected here.

Fostering Curiosity

  • Joy of discovery
  • inquisitiveness

Promoting Innovation

  • Risk-taking
  • Continuously raise the bar

Empowerment through Inclusivity

  • Access for everyone
  • Welcoming
  • Approachability
  • Openness

Working in Collaboration

  • Partners in learning
  • Engagement

No matter what technological advances may arise, or what budget challenges we may face in the future, these values will shape how we respond to the inevitable shifts that occur over time. More than anything else in the strategic plan, these values define who we are, and articulate the things we think are most important. Your contributions to our library's culture -- through your comments, visits, usage, questions and support -- have influenced these values through our 45 year history. Thank you for helping us create a vibrant culture and a library that is well positioned to fulfill our mission to "share the joy of discovery."

 

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