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Woodstock library develops three-year plan

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Public Library will look to beef up technology, better its relationship with District 200 and reach more of the community throughout the next three years.

The board of trustees has finished compiling its three-year strategic plan, an eight-page document guiding the library's priorities and goals.

Library director Nick Weber said that ideally, the plan functions as a "living document."

"It's something that becomes an integral part of what we do here on a daily basis," Weber said.

The strategic plan outlines goals in five areas: customer service, collection development, educational support, technology and community enrichment. While some bullet points highlight areas in which the library already excels and wants to maintain a focus, Weber said, others point toward concrete improvements to library services.

Under "technology," the plan calls for the library to offer eReaders for checkout by the end of the year, and to explore tablet and/or laptop checkout next year, among other goals.

Library officials hope that – under an "educational support" bullet point – they can better work with local schools to coordinate with their curricula. The lines of communication already have opened, Weber said.

"I think we're moving into a more collaborative phase with the district, and I think that's a good thing," he said.

Most exciting to Weber is the "community outreach" category, under which library officials have called for better integration into city and regional events. The library also has ambitions to better its web, social media and app presence.

"There's still a big chunk of this community that doesn't realize all the things we can offer them," Weber said. "All the things they can take advantage of if they knew what the library was, and how it has changed in the last 20 or 30 years."

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