The mission of the Fremont Public Library District is to provide and promote open access to reading materials and other cultural and educational resources that will enrich all segments of the community.
Strategic Plan (FY2010-11 to FY2012-13)
The Fremont Public Library Board of Trustees and the Library staff are committed to providing outstanding library services to the residents of the Fremont Library District. In order to identify services most important to residents, the Board hired the research and library consulting firm of Donna E. Fletcher Consulting, Inc. to lead them through the planning process. The consulting firm worked closely with the Library Strategic Planning Steering Committee: the Library Director, the Youth Services Department head, the Adult Services Department head, the Inventory Control Department head and the President of the Board of Trustees.
A community mail survey in April, 2009 provided the primary input for the plan. The survey was completed by 1,109 of the 9,200 District residents who received the questionnaire. This study was augmented by a Stakeholder focus group on November 3, 2009 and an all-staff meeting on November 13, 2009.
The Steering Committee reviewed the input of the survey and the sessions and recommended the library services priorities for FY 2011-FY 2012 to the Library Board.
The Board approved priorities are:
Reading, Viewing and Listening for Pleasure: Residents who want materials to enhance their leisure time will find what they need, when and where they want them and will have the help they need to make choices among options.
Life Long Learning: Residents will have the resources they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
A Place for Teens: The Library will provide safe and welcoming spaces for teens and materials, programs, social activities and job services targeted to teens.
Educational Assistance for all Children: Students will have the resources they need to succeed in school.
Central Source of Information for Community Resources: Residents will have a central source for information about the wide variety of programs, services and activities provided by community agencies and organizations
Up-to-date Technological Resources: All residents will have ability to utilize up-to-date technological resources to access the ever growing Internet resources and services.
Services for New Immigrants: New immigrants will have information on citizenship, English language learning, employment, schooling, health and safety, social services and other topics to participate successfully in American life
Celebrating Cultural Diversity: The Library will foster cultural sensitivity through programs and collections
Please note that the absence of a particular library service from the plan does not necessarily mean that the service is discontinued or no longer valued; it may simply mean that the service is not rated as one of the top-level priorities that are being emphasized in the plan.
At an all-staff/board planning meeting on February 26, 2010, Library staff and board worked with the consultant to develop goals and plan library collections and services to meet these goals. Planned services will target specific groups: children in elementary and middle school, teens, adults and new immigrants. Goals state the benefit that all residents, or a target population such as teens or adults, will receive from the Library focusing on a specific service response.
Goal 1: Residents of all ages will have timely and easy access to popular materials.
Goal 2: Residents of all ages will have the resources and space they need to explore and study topics of personal interest.
Goal 3: Teens in high school will have a dedicated, welcoming space and collection to meet their educational and social needs.
Goal 4: Elementary and middle school students in public, private and home schools will have the resources they need to support their education.
Goal 5: Residents will have a central source for information about community resources and services.
Goal 6: All residents will have up-to-date technological resources to access the ever-growing Internet resources and services.