Local News / January 29, 2014

Public Invited To Check Out Library Plan

Jill Sheridan
Public Invited To Check Out Library Plan

The Indianapolis Public Library is rolling out a five year strategic plan and people are urged to attend local branch meetings before the plan is finalized.

The strategic plan will provide a detailed road map for updating and upgrading services through 2020.  It was supposed to be presented Tuesday evening at a meeting that was canceled because of the bitter cold.  Luckily, residents still have a chance to weigh in at a series of discussions planned through early March. 

The plan was derived from a number of dynamic community conversations.  Four goals are being laid out and include enriching learning, strengthening communities, being innovative and maximizing accessibility.  The effort also includes a strategic plan.

Jon Barnes, communication specialist with the Indianapolis Public Library says the effort comes during a time when libraries are evolving.

"Information services are changing, we're using more Ereaders of course, ways to access information through web-based services is changing and the Library is changing with the times," explains Barnes.

The plan also considers the budget, which the Library hopes to expand through private funding and partnerships. 

The first meeting is Thursday night at the Eagle Branch.  Implementation of the plan will begin in 2015.