Strategic Planning Workshops offered in the Western Library System

If your public library is slated for re-accreditation in 2016 or in 2017, these workshops are for you!

Every three years accredited Nebraska public libraries have the opportunity to seek accreditation again for another three-year period. Libraries are accredited at one of three levels – Bronze, Silver or Gold – based on the number of points accumulated on the accreditation application form. Accreditation also requires that the library submit and have approved by the Commission, a strategic plan (learn more about Strategic Planning and Accreditation here). Next month three Strategic Planning workshops will be offered in the Western Library System area: • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Alliance Public Library (1750 Sweetwater Ave., Alliance) • Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Lied Imperial Public Library (703 Broadway, Imperial) • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Sidney Public Library (1112 12th Ave., Sidney) Each workshop will run from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. You should have had lunch before you get to the workshop. To register for one of the workshops, go to the following link which will take you to the Commission’s Calendar on which you can register. In case you are not sure of your accreditation status, following are the public libraries in Western Library System slated for re-accreditation in 2016, and 2017: 2016: Bridgeport Public Library Chadron Public Library Chappell Memorial Library & Art Gallery Dundy County Library (Benkelman) Nancy Fawcett Memorial Library (Lodgepole) Paxton Public Library Sidney Public Library Trenton Public Library 2017: Crawford Public Library Hastings Memorial Library (Grant) Morrill Public Library Goodall City Library (Ogallala) Rushville Public Library In addition the following unaccredited libraries which submitted their annual statistics this year (and received funding under the “Dollars for Data” program) are eligible to become accredited libraries: Arthur County Library Bayard Public Library Sioux County Public Library (Harrison) Hayes Center Public Library Hemingford Public Library Lewellen Public Library Lyman Public Library Minatare Public Library Hooker County Library (Mullen) Stratton Public Library Wauneta Public Library So, how about it? Come to one of the above workshops (and bring a board member or two along too) and find out what this strategic planning is all about. You might see that it is easier than you anticipate. For questions, contact me at the Nebraska Library Commission: Richard Miller (800) 307-2665
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