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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.
The full community visioning exercise results are presented in Appendix B—WPL Community Vision Statement Results Report 2022.
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.
|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.
|Goal 2: Youth, Services, and Resources|
The Library will offer an expansive variety of youth services and resources.
|Goal 3: Library Awareness|
Community members will be aware of and enjoy easy access to Library programs, services, and resources.
|Goal 4: Community Connections|
The Library’s knowledgeable staff and strong community collaborations will improve the Library’s support of underserved local populations.
|Goal 5: Ensure the Stability of the Library|
Sustain the Library’s impact through developing and establishing public/private partnerships and staff development.
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.
The Library is grateful for the feedback from hundreds of people who live and work in Woburn. We are especially grateful for the following community members’ input:
Sue Ellen Holland
Woburn Public Library Staff
We would also like to thank staff member Tracy Breeden for developing the Community and Library Profile infographics presented on pages 4 and 5.
Appendix A – WPL Strategic Planning Project Process Flowchart
Appendix B – WPL Community Vision Statement Results Report 2022
Appendix C – WPL Action Plan Fiscal Year 2024
Appendix D – WPL Community Survey Results Summary Report 2022
Appendix E – WPL Focus Group Summary Report 2022
Appendix F – WPL Interview Summary Report 2022
Appendix G – WPL SOAR Exercise Summary Results Report 2022
Appendix H – WPL Teen Survey Results Summary Report 2022