Harris-Elmore Public Library & Genoa Branch Library Strategic Plan (2016-2020)


The Mission of the Harris-Elmore Public Library & Genoa Branch Library is to engage all of our communities, inspire lifelong learning, and provide universal access to a broad range of information, ideas, and entertainment.

Strategic Plan

Service Response #1 : Online Connections/Public Internet Access

Continue to ensure online access to the community and look for opportunities to grow and expand online services and technological devices.

Ensure Online Connectivity

                  1.  Upgrade and maintain public access terminals

                        a.  Update outdated desktop computers as needed
                        b.  Purchase updated software as needed
                        c.  Purchase additional public access computers to ensure supply keeps up with demand

                 2.  Expand online capabilities and services

                       a.  Investigate the feasibility of wireless hot spot devices for patron checkout
                       b.  Track patron wireless usage for state reports and patron usage data
                       c.  Update the library website fore usability

Service Response #2:  Encourage Teen Literacy

Teenagers and "Tweens" will have resources, programs, and services designed to promote reading, writing, and literacy in a welcoming environment.

Foster literacy skills in youth and encourage life long learning

                  1.  Provide programs and services for teen literacy

                       a.  Continue sponsoring poetry contest and explore other avenues to encourage writing
                       b.  Explore offering games
                       c.  Stay abreast of new and emerging technology
                       d.  Attend workshops and stay current with library literature to be informed of new trends and ideas in 


                 2.  Offer a welcoming environment

                        a.  Meet with representative from State Library of Ohio re: space planning recommendations
                        b.  Weed outdated materials and stay current with teen bestsellers

Service Response #3: Improve Partnership with Schools

Develop, maintain, and grow school partnerships for the greater good of the community

Students, teachers, and administrations will rely on the libraries as quality resources

                   1.  Explore ways to grow collaboration with local educators
                   2.  Offer additional programming at the schools
                   3.  Remain abreast of trends and topics in education

Service Response #4: Improve Recognition of Libraries as One Entity

Brand the Harris-Elmore Public Library and Genoa Branch as a system

Citizens will know that both libraries provide quality service to all residents of Western Ottawa County

                   1.  Consider outreach opportunities
                   2.  Provide a physical presence at community events
                   3.  Consider changes to the webpage to increase visibility of libraries as a system
                   4.  Consider uniformity in program offerings

Service Response #5: Visit a Comfortable Space

Provide a welcoming environment for all users, including digital users

Library patrons will have a safe, clean place to read, relax, and use available technology.  Digital visitors will have an easily navigable website with access to accurate information and resources

                  1.  Seek advice from a consultant from the State Library of Ohio on how to work within current physical

                       space or possible expansion
                  2.  Consider updating furniture to make more patron friendly
                  3.  Utilize all potential space efficiently by removing equipment, furnishings, and miscellaneous items no

                       longer of value
                  4.  Improve staff knowledge of vendors to contact in case of emergency
                  5.  Consider changes to website and social media to make sure information is easily accessible and correct