Saugatuck-Douglas District Library Strategic Plan, 2018-2023

After reviewing community feedback and analyzing building options and potential costs, the Board of Trustees of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library has decided to proceed with plans for a new library building on the vacant lot on the north side of Center Street. Voter approval will be sought in August 2018. A new building is critical to achieving the goals and objectives set out in this Strategic Plan.

Goal 1: Build a new, barrier-free facility that meets the needs of all our patrons.
  • Work with trustees, consultants and community members to determine the desired features of a new facility, including accessible entrances and restrooms, designated quiet zones, staff work spaces and a multipurpose space for meetings and programs.
  • Form a building campaign committee to engage the community and build support for the new building.

Goal 2: Create a collection of resources that meets the needs of our community.

  • Determine the appropriate collection size and make-up based on current usage, changing technology and comparison to peer institutions. 
  • Increase responsiveness to patron requests by purchasing requested titles and formats and publicize our willingness to do so.

Goal 3: Maximize communication to all members of the community. 

  • Increase annually the number of individuals subscribed to our email messaging service. 
  • Use direct mail to distribute a brief annual report on Library programs and services.
  • Submit bimonthly press releases to local newspapers, highlighting programs, services, and news items.

Goal 4: Introduce new technology to enhance public service and staff efficiency.

  • Explore cost, feasibility and interest in new technological services including mobile printing and circulating WiFi hotspots.
  • Offer and promote biannual group classes on the use of electronic media services, including Overdrive, Hoopla, RBdigital and Freegal.
  • Pursue RFID self-check functionality for more efficient circulation and patron confidentiality. Once we convert to an RFID system, the framework would be in place to install security gates to protect our collection in a new building.

Goal 5: Offer programs that engage all community members.

  • Pursue new partnerships with business and community organizations to offer free or low cost educational programs.
  • In a new facility, create a multi-purpose room for programs and community meetings.