Strategic Planning Process Underway at Fairfax County Public Library
Following a comprehensive Public Engagement Initiative Process, Fairfax County Public Library has begun developing a new strategic plan that will steer the library for the next 3–5 years. An internal committee of 59 library staff will review the data and recommendations gleaned from public and staff surveys, public meetings and focus groups to build a plan that will serve Fairfax County residents.
The committee has been tasked with continued consultation and communication with other library staff and community stakeholders including library users, the Library Board of Trustees, Friends groups, volunteers, county leadership, business leaders and others. Additional feedback from residents is likely to occur before the new strategic plan is finalized.
The strategic planning process is expected to take 6 to 9 months.
If members of the public would like to stay involved in the process, they are asked to reach out to library staff at the branch of their choice.
The strategic planning committee had its kick-off meeting on January 31 and a follow up meeting on February 21. The committee meetings are being facilitated by an employee from the county's Organizational Development and Training Department. In addition to using the results from the 2016 Public Engagement Process while developing the strategic plan, the 18-member primary committee will ensure the contents align with other county documents including the Strategic Plan to Facilitate the Economic Success of Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Priorities and Vision.
During the second meeting the discussions and exercises revolved around finding consensus about the most important values for the library in order to lay the foundation for new vision and mission statements upon which the new strategic plan will be built.