Westfield Washington Public Library seeks strategic plan input


Westfield Washington Township residents have an opportunity to let the Westfield Washington Public Library know what they wish to see. The WWPL has a strategic planning survey up for public input through Oct. 31.

A strategic plan is one of the standards WWPL must meet as a public library, and it must be completed every three to five years. The last strategic plan WWPL created was in 2015.


WWPL Director Sheryl Sollars said the new strategic plan will look very similar to the one completed in 2015.

“Basically, our focus was on four things – library usability, community awareness, library funding and our services and content, those are the four main focuses,” she said. “We have, through the renovation four years ago, accomplished a lot of those by creating a quiet area, creating the study rooms, the teen room, the community room downstairs.”

WWPL plans to make it easier to acquire a library card by tying library cards with Westfield Washington Schools enrollment. Sollars said that goal hasn’t been accomplished yet, but WWPL is working on it.

Roughly 100 residents have responded to the survey, and it only takes approximately 5 minutes. Questions ask if the library is easy to navigate, provides an opportunity to rate services, asks what type of programming patrons want to see in the future and more.

Another aspect of the new strategic plan would be a capital project plan.

“One of the things we are going to incorporate in our new plan is a capital project plan,” Sollars said. “We want to do a feasibility study on if we stay here, what costs will (occur) and what we need to look for. We know we need to redo the parking lot. We would love to have more parking.”

For more, visit wwpl.lib.in.us. To take the survey, click on the news tab.

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