Guiding Principles for Huron County Library
Huron County Library has adopted the following vision, mission and values statements as guiding principles to delivering library services in Huron County.
Huron County Library is an inclusive and vibrant community hub. It builds community, enriches lives and fosters creativity by providing access to information, skills and ideas.
Huron County Library provides the community with inviting and accessible facilities, engaging virtual spaces, comprehensive collections and user-friendly technology. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff and volunteers provide innovative services and programs that contribute to community vitality.
- Inclusive and equitable access for all
- Literacy and lifelong learning
- Intellectual freedom and protection of privacy
- Customer services
- Community focus
- Accountability, integrity and teamwork
- Balancing tradition and innovation
- Embracing a changing world
Goal 1: Deliver services, programs and collections that meet community needs
Delivery of core services will be strengthened and duplication reduced.
|Introduce new collections/stay relevant||Develop action plan for non-traditional collection lending at Huron County Libraries||BSL/CIL||2018|
|Focus on people-centred service delivery||Develop and implement programs based on community hub model||BSL/CIL||2018|
|Ongoing maintenance of core services||Develop collection maintenance strategy and plan (including migration to floating collections)||Deputy CEO||2018|
|Ongoing maintenance of core services||Implement collection maintenance strategy and plan (including migration to floating collections)||Deputy CEO||2019|
|Evaluate programs in a meaningful way to determine if desired outcomes are achieved||Research and implement outcome based evaluation practices||BSL/CIL||2020|
Goal 2: Deliver innovative and reliable technology that supports and enhances library service and programs to meet community needs.
Ensure technology is up to date and services are relevant to for all ages and communities throughout Huron County.
|Online Program Registration||Work with OLC and SirsiDynix, Userful to find an appropriate program online to facilitate||ISL||2019|
|E-Commerce (fines payment/program registration fees, etc.)||Work with OLC and SirsiDynix/County of Huron||ISL||2021|
|Online library membership sign up & renewal||Continue to work with OLC/SirsiDynix, and work with County of Huron IT to help implement on County website as well as Enterprise||ISL||2018|
|Investigate self-checkout machines (in comprehensive branches, as space allows)||Research machine types, costs, etc. (consult OLC/Deputy County Librarian/County of Huron IT, etc.) and determine suitability||ISL||2020|
|Keep existing public and staff technology as up-to-date as possible||Develop IT plan for introducing new technologies at Huron County Library branches as informed by communities||ISL||2018|
|Prepare for ILS changes||Ongoing staff professional development (both internal and external) relating to Integrated Library System||TSC||Ongoing|
|Develop staff skills and abilities in order to maintain support for new technologies||Identify team members that have the interests in developing these skills and provide support, as available||BSL||Ongoing|
Goal 3: Promote and strengthen partnerships with community members and organizations in order to better understand and respond to community needs and initiatives.
Position the library as a strong partner to local community initiatives.
|List of partnerships||Develop comprehensive list of existing community partnerships||BSL/CIL||2018|
|Develop criteria||Develop criteria for assessing existing community partnerships||BSL/CIL||2018|
|Evaluation||Evaluate partnerships to determine effectiveness||BSL/.CIL||2019|
|Determine gaps||Determine gaps in existing community partnerships||BSL/CIL||2019|
|Develop strategies||Develop strategies for promotion of effective community partnerships||BSL/CIL||2020|
|Develop agreement||Develop partnership agreement with Huron County Museum in relation to special projects and shared staffing||CEO||2018|
|Develop agreement||Develop partnership agreement between Huron County Library and external partners including volunteers||BSL/CIL||2018|
|Share volunteers||Develop partnership with Huron County Museum and HAHN in relation to volunteers||BSL||2019|
Goal 4: Build relationships with funding sources to maintain and improve practices and services.
Ensure long-term sustainable funding.
|Increase profile||Develop marketing and lobbying strategy for library||BSL||2021|
|Increase profile||Implement marketing and lobbying strategy for library||BSL/CIL||2022|
|Increase profile||Ongoing participation at Council meetings||CEO||Ongoing|
|Increase profile||Participation in networking opportunities with funders, as available||CEO||Ongoing|
Goal 5: Promote and strengthen library culture of teamwork and collaboration.
|Increase participation at both Museum and Libraries||Library card partnership with Huron County Museum||CEO||2018|
|Information sharing||Coordinated all-staff day annually or biennually||CEO||Ongoing|
|Support ongoing collaboration||Ongoing support for programming and innovation team committees||All||Ongoing|
|Focus on information sharing||Participation in Cultural Services/Museum staff meetings||CEO/Deputy CEO||Ongoing|
|Support ongoing collaboration||Ongoing support for regular team and leadership meetings||All||Ongoing|
|Support good communication and ongoing collaboration||Ongoing use of CountyNet as platform for promotion and sharing ideas||All||Ongoing|
|Build capacity and support information sharing||Develop plan for voluntary branch exchanges of staff||CIL||2020|
Goal 6: Create dynamic spaces that are accessible, welcoming and safe for patrons.
Ensure libraries are accessible, welcoming, safe and relevant to their communities.
|Improve accessibility||Develop strategy for ensuring accessible, welcoming and safe space for Clinton Library (in collaboration with Central Huron)||CEO/Deputy CEO||Ongoing|
|Maintain accessibility||Evaluate library branches as related to continued accreditation of Huron County Libraries||CEO/Deputy CEO||2019|
|Ensure sustainable facility/space improvements||Develop schedule for refreshing library spaces and ensuring continued accessible, welcoming and safe spaces for patrons||CEO/BSL||2019|
|Focus on creating multi-purpose spaces to allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of the community||Create spaces that reflect library service demands and community use||BSL/Deputy CEO||2020|
|Improve access||Conduct audit of space and develop plan for increasing community access to facilities||BSL/CIL||2018|