Lifelong Learning and Enjoyment Strategic Initiative
Oak Park has a proud heritage of diversity and inclusion, and is strongly committed to education and learning. The Library has an important role in providing services and resources to people of all ages and abilities. We promote early literacy through innovative and creative children’s programming. We work with educational institutions to ensure academic success for all. We reach out to teens, adults, seniors and special client groups to make sure we are meeting their needs. We instill a love of reading by demonstrating and communicating our own enthusiasm and joy. We provide materials programs and resources that entertain, inspire and inform.
7. Goal: Promote literacy and the love of reading and learning for all ages.
7.1 Objective: Expand and evaluate outreach services for literacy.
7.2 Objective: Develop opportunities for staff and public to cultivate and share their love of reading.
7.3 Objective: Develop programs in support of and in coordination with the collection.
8. Goal: Build, manage and evaluate our collection in order to meet the educational, recreational and cultural needs of the community.
8.1 Objective: Evaluate community and patron desires and make sure our collection reflects them.
8.2 Objective: Define the role of the collection and the appropriate balance for types of materials, including formats, age-levels and subjects.
8.3 Objective: Provide easy user-focused access to the collection.
9. Goal: Leverage technology to provide innovative library services and to reach out to remote users.
9.1 Objective: Explore the establishment of a virtual branch to focus our current online services into a unified approach.
9.2 Objective: Evaluate our integrated library system to ensure optimum customer service and financial stewardship.
9.3 Objective: Use the interactive potential of the catalog and website to get feedback from our users.