The Library’s 11-person strategic planning advisory committee brainstormed and prioritized a series of vision statements reflecting the ideal Woburn. Following is the community vision statement this group believes the Library can best support and positively impact:
Woburn welcomes individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and has systems in place to ensure all residents are supported and included in the community.
Woburn Public Library advances the needs of the community in all areas of literacy, in workforce development, in civic engagement, in culture, and in lifelong learning. The Library welcomes individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and has systems in place to ensure all residents are supported and included.
Woburn Public Library connects the community to resources, services, and experiences that educate, enrich, and entertain.
Strategic Goals and Supporting Objectives
Goal 1: Collections, Resources, and Space
The Library will serve as a safe, welcoming community hub and valuable resource for individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
Offer robust physical and digital collections and resources that reflect the interests of diverse community groups.
Expand and increase the use of the Library of Things.
Develop and promote programs and services that meet the needs and desires of community members of all ages and abilities (e.g., Maker Space programs, discounted museum passes).
Maintain a safe, comfortable, accessible, and attractive facility that accommodates various functional needs (e.g., reading, study, meeting, and social spaces).
Increase technology literacy and access to technology devices, services, and support.
Goal 2: Youth, Services, and Resources
The Library will offer an expansive variety of youth services and resources.
Grow and promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs and initiatives for youth of all ages and abilities.
Offer family-friendly performances and activities.
Promote youth activities that accommodate diverse learning styles and needs.
Support public school and homeschool education.
Expand the programs, resources, and services offered to teens (grades 6-12).
Goal 3: Library Awareness
Community members will be aware of and enjoy easy access to Library programs, services, and resources.
Increase awareness and usage of the vast array of Library resources, services, and spaces.
Strengthen and expand collaborations with community partners to promote the Library and increase usage.
Expand outreach to new and underserved constituencies.
Goal 4: Community Connections
The Library’s knowledgeable staff and strong community collaborations will improve the Library’s support of underserved local populations.
Support a growing population of immigrants.
Improve accessibility to Library offerings for all ages and abilities.
Celebrate community members’ ethnic, cultural, and faith-based backgrounds and interests.
Goal 5: Ensure the Stability of the Library
Sustain the Library’s impact through developing and establishing public/private partnerships and staff development.
Ensure the annual municipal appropriation meets minimum state standards.
Strengthen public and private support and advocacy for the Library.
Increase community groups’ use of the Library’s meeting spaces.
Cultivate public/private partnerships that increase the Library’s positive impact on the community.
Provide ongoing staff training and development opportunities.
Operate with a strong governance model that supports the Library’s mission.
Annual Action Plans
Trustees (L to R): Joanne McNamee, Jim Juliano, Tracy Jolly, Larry Rideout, and Richard Mahoney Missing: Maria Alves, Seth Libert, and Emily Lipsett
The Library will develop an annual Action Plan made up of specific activities and strategies designed to help the Library achieve its strategic goals and address changing needs. The Action Plan will be updated and submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners annually (see Appendix C—WPL Action Plan Fiscal Year 2024).
Submitted by Hermayne Gordon, Library Director.
On September 13, 2022, the Library’s eight-person Board of Trustees unanimously approved this Strategic Plan.