Strategic Priorities

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The Monterey Public Library Strategic Priorities 2017-2019 were adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Mission: Monterey Public Library is a welcoming community, cultural, and learning center for people of all ages. We encourage discovery, share the joy of reading, celebrate Monterey’s history and heritage, and protect the right to know.

Vision: Inspire, Delight, and Educate All: the Library IDEA!

Values:    Excellence      Freedom      Innovation      Passion


  1. Organizational Excellence
    • Recruitment: Complete major staff recruitments and restructure to align with a streamlined service model
    • Training: Training and mentor staff members to continue outstanding service and foster professional growth
    • Fund Development: Expand Library funding sources and endowment to improve services to residents, local business owners, employees, students, and visitors
    • Promotion: Increase awareness of targeted programs and services; develop a coordinated outreach campaign strategy
  2. Digital Strategy
    • Expand Digital Learning Lab space
    • Enhance our customers’ technology experience, and increase technology program offerings for all ages.
    • Implement Edge Technology Action Plan
    • Conduct a website usability study and implement improvements
  3. Learning and Literacy
    • Continue children’s programs that promote early literacy and reading readiness
    • Provide after-school STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs for K-8
    • Partner with our schools to provide programs that further academic success
    • Offer programs for all ages that inform, inspire, celebrate Monterey’s rich past, build community engagement, promote reading and support community priorities of economic, mental, and physical health
    • Expand Bookmobile programming and outreach
    • Support literacy and language instruction
  4. A Welcoming Community Space for All
    • Share information on services available to customers experiencing life challenges, e.g. homelessness
    • Develop plans for facility improvement and/or expansion
    • Promote greater access to and archival storage for California History Room resources
    • Update the signs throughout the Library interior to facilitate intuitive wayfinding, and provide attractive landmarks to help customers navigate through the building
    • Enhance Library cleanliness with additional custodial hours, and staff and volunteer participation
  5. Balanced Collections and Enhanced Information Sources – in all formats
    • Continually develop and assess collections – print, audio, digital – for accuracy, balance, interest and relevance
    • Explore demand for non- traditional collections and resource sharing
    • Assess feasibility of reinstating Interlibrary Loan service
    • Review and revise Collection Development Policy
    • Assess and implement authority cleanup - to improve Library catalog usability