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Library Establishes New Strategic Plan

In 2018 the DeKalb Public Library embarked on a strategic planning process to consider current, anticipated and possible future community needs. Careful consideration was 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, DeKalb Public Library staff members, the Board of Trustees, and under the guidance of facilitator Pam Clark-Reidenback of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Northern Illinois University we refined our mission, developed goals, and identified strategies to achieve them.

It is the DeKalb Public Library’s mission to “Enrich, Inform, Entertain, Inspire.” With this in mind, and using feedback from surveys, focus groups, and interviews, the team discussed a vision for the future and identified common themes and critical issues to address in the next few years. This June the Board of Trustees voted to adopt the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

Although it is not possible to predict the future, it is the intent of the DeKalb Public Library that this strategic plan form a framework to guide our decisions based on the wants and needs of our community.

To view an abbreviated flowchart of the library’s strategic plan, please click here.