Strategic Plan

 

Broadwater Public Library

Strategic Plan

 

By Elizabeth Kulacz – Director, Broadwater Public Library

August 26, 2015

Approved August 30, 2015

Mission Statement

The Broadwater Public Library exists to provide informational, educational, cultural, and recreational materials and technologies to library patrons of all ages. We strive to effectively meet the needs of our community by offering a collection of interesting reading, listening and viewing material as well as helpful services to support the community’s business, cultural, recreational and educational needs, along with preservation of some local historical information. We promote life-long learning and uphold the public’s freedom of access to information.

 

Purpose and Scope

This Strategic Plan for the Broadwater Public Library will cover the Library’s goals and objectives to meet community needs for fiscal years 2016-2019. The Library Director, Library Board will seek input from the community annually in the August Library Board meeting about needs, goals, resources, and how well any of the objectives have been met, not met, or what goals should be changed, added, or eliminated to alter the execution of the plan in progress. This will be combined with input from the formal Evaluation Team, which shall meet each year in July. At the end of that three year period, this plan will be updated or rewritten to reflect changes in the community profile, community needs, goals, and objectives.

 

Methods

The data obtained in this plan came from the US Census Bureau, focusing on the ten-year census of 2010, with supplemental data and reports from 2011-2014. Additional data came from other governmental agencies, including the Broadwater Village government, US Postal Service, statistical data gathered by the Broadwater Public Library, Nebraska Library Commission, Bibliostat, local school districts, and the State of Nebraska. Some data was received through reliable private sources such as Mapquest. Some data was obtained using Key Informant interviews. This strategic plan was written according to guidelines provided by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Community Profile

Broadwater is a Village in eastern Morrill County, located at the intersection of US 26 and NE 92. The Union Pacific Railroad runs through town, and has a siding. It is 50 miles east of Scottsbluff, 72 miles west of Ogallala, 42 miles north of Sidney, and 50 miles south of Alliance. It is 16 miles east of Bridgeport, the county seat of Morrill County and the nearest town with a population over 1,000. [1]

Population:

The community’s median age is 50.5 years. 20% are school-aged children, while 2.3% are preschool-aged children. 27% are seniors over aged 65[2]. 35% are identified as having a disability[3], and 16% are veterans[4] Thus, the average age of Broadwater residents is much higher than the median age for the State of Nebraska, at 36.2. We have far fewer preschool and school-aged children, which for the State are 7.2% and 25.1%, respectively. The State of Nebraska has approximately 13.6% seniors over the age of 65, which is about half the percentage in Broadwater. As one would expect, the number of households having a member over 65 is higher than for the State, while the number of households with children under 18 is lower. Our home ownership rate is higher than for the rest of the State of Nebraska, while the average household size is lower. The ratio of veterans to nonveterans is significantly higher in Broadwater.

In practice, the Broadwater Public Library serves people living in the rural area surrounding Broadwater, although they are outside of the Library’s Legal Service Area. The zip code consists of 409 people. Additionally, we serve people living outside our zip code when we are the closest library or the easiest one to get to.

The demographics within the 69125 zip [5]code are slightly different, as they are somewhat younger than the people living within the Village limits, with a median age of 41.5, with approximately 19% being school-aged children, 4.9% being preschool children, and 21% seniors over the age of 65. 23% are living with a disability. These numbers are of similar ranking to those of Broadwater itself: Fewer preschool and school-aged children, more seniors. Of note are that there are a significantly higher number of men than women in the rural area. Approximately 5.1% speak English less than well, with Spanish being their primary language. Comparatively, Broadwater and its surrounding area is much less linguistically diverse than the total for the State of Nebraska, and a lower percentage of the members of our community speak English “less than ‘very well’” than for the State of Nebraska.

Income:

The mean household income for the Village of Broadwater is $53,223, while the median household income for the Village of Broadwater is $33,472. This is significantly lower than for the entire State of Nebraska. Broadwater and its surrounding area have a significantly lower income on either the median or mean. For the State, these are $51,672 (median) and $67,023 (mean) per year. This says that households are poorer across the board, with Broadwater having a wider range of incomes between the wealthiest families and individuals and middle-class or poor individuals and families.

19.8% of the population is below the poverty line, while 23.1% of families are below the poverty line in Broadwater, with 60%-80% of school children receiving free or reduced-price lunches in the Leyton and Bridgeport school districts, respectively. This is a much higher poverty rate than for the State of Nebraska, of 13.2% of individuals and 8.8% of families. However, only 1.9% are unemployed, which is much lower than 4.6% unemployment for the State of Nebraska. Many of the 27% of the population who are seniors rely on retirement income.

Education:

The Village of Broadwater has 23 children enrolled in school, K-12 divided between the Bridgeport and Leyton school districts. All schools in both districts have libraries which serve their students.

Another 10 people are currently enrolled in college or graduate school.

Among adults 25 and over, 6.3% have less than high school education. The largest percentage has some college, followed by those with high school diplomas. This compares favorably with the State of Nebraska, where 9.5% of adults over 25 have no high school diploma. Broadwater has significantly fewer residents with bachelor’s degrees and far fewer residents with advanced degrees – the latter being statistically insignificant.

Economic Characteristics:

The primary industry for the region surrounding the Village of Broadwater is agriculture.

Broadwater has 8 identified businesses within its Village Limits: A convenience store and gas station, a restaurant and bar, a Bed & Breakfast, a firearms dealer, a beauty salon, an electronics repair shop, a farm Co-Op, and a tree service. Outside the Village limits are a number of agricultural businesses.

According to the Census[6] in 2013, the top 3 industries employing Village of Broadwater residents were retail trade at 21%, agriculture at 18%, and educational services, and health care and social assistance at 17%. 1.9% are unemployed.

Housing:

Broadwater has 114 housing units, 60 of which are occupied. Nearly all of these units are single-family dwellings.

 

 

Library S.W.O.T Analysis

Internal Strengths:

Compared with libraries of its size[7], our library is open more hours. Our Library Director has a Level III state certification, where a Level I certification is required. Additionally, her bachelor’s degrees are in Computer Science and Information Technology with years of experience in those fields. Thus, the technical abilities of staff far outstrip what are found in libraries of this size.

Our collection size, circulation and turnover rate are all at the median for comparable libraries. Local support for the Library is high, with a great many donations of books, movies, technological items, and office supplies.

Attendance at Library Programs is above average, and at the median for other libraries of its size. We have more library programs than other comparable libraries.

Internal Weaknesses:

Compared to peer libraries, our annual budget is about 5% below average, and our local staff expenditures approximately 20% below average.

To meet average or required number of staff who are certified at least at Level 1, we need to recruit one additional staff person.

Our expenditures for library materials are well below average or median percentages of our budget for our peer group of similar libraries. Donations largely make up this deficit.

An identified area of technological weakness is in the area of computers. Computers were introduced to the Library through a Gates Foundation grant, received in 2003. Since then, the patron computers have been replaced with 2008 models. Those too are aging, and are no longer capable of running a Microsoft-supported operating system. As a temporary measure, they are running a Linux operating system, which can be kept secure. These will need to be replaced within the next two years. This includes peripheral devices such as monitors and mice, which have been in use more than twelve years, and are beyond their expected useful lives.

External Opportunities:

The community is stable, with 73% living in the same house they did a year ago, 93% living in the same county as a year ago. 77% of Broadwater residents live in owner-occupied homes. [8]

Broadwater and the area surrounding it have infrastructure, laws and ordinances favorable to business of various types moving in or opening. Village Trustees and other Village residents are working to encourage businesses to move or open facilities here. Should even one of them succeed, a medium-sized facility of a large corporation would create tremendous economic and population growth, thus changing its demographics.

External Threats and Challenges:

We have a high number of vacant, not for sale nor for rent housing units. Many of these may need significant renovation before they are habitable. These units are part of the tax base. What happens with those housing units in the future could significantly decrease or increase the tax base – depending on whether they are renovated and occupied, or if they are abandoned and torn down.

Due to limited employment prospects locally, many of the young adults who go away to college do not come back, or come back after many years to take over a family business, which is often agricultural in the local area. Many of the owners and operators of the local businesses are nearing retirement, and closing those businesses would further diminish local revenues and employment opportunities.

27% of the community is seniors, while an additional 14% are over the age of fifty-five. As more people become eligible to take the homestead real estate tax exemption, this could decrease the tax base. Attrition is likely to lower population and tax base further.

The water and sewer infrastructure in the Village is aging. If it should need significant repair or replacement, and if grants or bonds are not available and sufficient to pay for such replacement, the Village could be forced to stop funding, and liquidate assets of city services which are not deemed essential to maintain life. This would include the Library and the Park.

As the economic basis for Broadwater and the surrounding area is agricultural, the Community could be significantly impacted in the event of an extended drought, extensive flooding, diseases or blights affecting livestock or crops.

 

 

Community Needs

A number of community needs by the residents or village of Broadwater have been discovered. Several of the important ones are addressed below, in a Plan, Do, Study/Check, Act to improve cycle for continuous quality improvement[9] [10]

Community need #1

Residents need more skills using technology

 

Goal: Improve people’s skills using technology using Excel Spreadsheets

 

Persons responsible: Library Director, Qualified Volunteers

 

Persons Benefited: Adults and high school upperclassmen who wish to better their skills using spreadsheets. This use can be for personal, educational, or business purposes.

Businesses that use spreadsheets in the operation of their businesses.

Source: Person-of-influence interviews

 

Objective: Participants will finish the program with a working knowledge in the uses of Excel spreadsheets. Adult participants will leave with improved technological skills for personal, business and employment purposes.


 

Requirements:

Access to a computer with a currently-supported version of Microsoft Excel.

The class will be taught by someone who has training, work, or extensive personal experience using the software. If out-of-area instructors are used, a stipend may be paid.

Up-to-date materials will be used, obtained by books, booklets, or online resources.

 

Implementation:

This will be presented as a 4-week class with 2 sessions per week. The first session will begin the second week of January, 2016

Advance sign-ups will be required. Class size will be limited. If wait-listed, the class will be repeated, using the same materials, as updated.

Schedule will be arranged so that the most people can participate. Classes may be held weekdays during the day or evening or on weekends. If warranted, more than one may be going on simultaneously.

Word of mouth, newspaper, and posters will be the primary methods used to “advertise” this, beginning in November, 2015. We will attempt to get TV and radio stations to publicize it using public service announcements.

 

Evaluation:

This program will be evaluated on the number of participants, as well as participants’ and business’ estimation of how much they learned, improved, and discovered other follow-on ways of learning more about the use of spreadsheets. Items which can be improved will be evaluated as well, including, but not limited to the instructor, instruction materials, and relevancy of the information presented.

Follow On:

Specific topics may be expanded upon in follow-on classes, or suggestions or referrals to other sources of further training in this topic.

 

Goal: Improve people’s skills using technology involving photos – digitizing photos, publishing photos, and sending photos to others.

 

Persons responsible: Library director, volunteers.

 

Persons Benefited: Residents of the community who wish to share photos over the Internet.

Source: Person-of-influence interviews, interviews with informal clubs, associations, and individuals.

 

Objective: Help local residents to share photos with others over the Internet. This includes digitizing existing photos, as well as sending, posting, printing, and receiving digital photos.

 

Requirements:

  1. A person to teach this program who has knowledge and experience editing, posting, and printing digital photographs.
  2. Computer with e-mail, Flickr, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.
  3. Color printer and scanner.

 

Implementation:

  1. The first such program will be offered before October 1, 2015. It will be completed within the program, expected to last 60-75 minutes.
  2. Program will be publicized by a combination of local posters, newspaper, website, and “word of mouth” advertizing.
  3. This program will be a “hands-on” learning experience. The number of participants will be limited to the facilities available.
  4. Participants will be invited to bring in their own electronic devices which they use to share photos, if they can connect to the Library’s wireless network.

 


 

Evaluation:

This program will be evaluated upon the number of participants. Evaluation by participants will surround how relevant the class was for them, if they wanted different information, or if they wanted information presented differently.

Follow On:

This is expected to be repeated semi-annually.

Further programs in digital graphics, including editing photos or putting them on WebPages may be offered if participants express a need or interest. Information about formal classes in digital photography and graphics will be suggested upon request.

 

 

Community need #2

Village needs to make and approve comprehensive Emergency Plan

 

Goal:

Have a comprehensive emergency plan in place, available to the public via a website, in the Village Fire Hall, in the Village Clerk’s office, and in the Library. Incorporate this plan into the Library’s Emergency Policy.

Persons responsible:

Village Clerk, Fire department, Morrill County Emergency Planning Committee, Library director, Village Board (for approval)

Persons Benefited:

All residents and visitors to Broadwater

Source: Local Emergency Management Meeting for government officials and emergency responders held by FEMA consultant – August, 2015

Objective: Keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe by Effective use of community and emergency services which are available to this community.

 

Requirements:

LEEOP manual as it exists. Replace with a new one once the new version is completed and approved.

 

Implementation:

  1. Identify emergencies which are likely in Broadwater and its area
  2. identify ways to respond to unanticipated emergencies
  3. Identify places to go in the event of an emergency, with alternates in case one or more locations cannot be accessed.
  4. identify, and list, and make available organizations, entities, and persons to contact in various types of emergencies
  5. Present to Village Board for approval.
  6. Village Clerk will get approvals of emergency plan from other entities, as appropriate
  7. Have this plan and associated documents available and approved before Oct 1, 2015.
  8. Village personnel available in the Village Hall will be expected to have a current first-aid and CPR certificate by March 1, 2016.

 

Evaluation:

Periodic drills or tests for certain emergency situations will be held on a schedule. These include, but are not limited to: tornado, flood, fire, and medical emergencies.

This emergency plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every 4 years, in August.

Follow On:

As deficiencies are noted in reviews, plan ways to solve the deficiency, and take the planned steps. This will be an ongoing, iterative process.

 

 

Community need #3

 

Identify and address needs of disabled community members

 

Goal:

Informally talk to people one-on-one about life with disabilities, how those disabilities affect their lives, and what would accommodate them. This should start immediately.

 

Persons responsible:

Library director (current director with a visible disability), two or three others as volunteers

Persons Benefited:

Source: AmericanFactfinder[11] (US Census) reports that 37% of Broadwater residents are identified as having a disability which is a remarkably high number.

Objective:

Discover what disabilities people in the community are living with. Discover what additional services should be added which would enable them to make better use of the Library, what information is needed, or how it should be delivered.

Requirements:

  1. Identify persons with disabilities to talk to one-on-one.
  2. Requests for such information must be distributed. A one-line request printed on utility bills is one method. Others include posters, newspapers, and the Library’s website.
  3. Information may be submitted anonymously.
  4. Confidentiality about such identifiable information must be ensured.

 

Implementation:

The schedule for planning and implementing disability-friendly features will depend upon what needs are found. The ones which do not cost anything to implement and do not involve significant changes to Library operation can be implemented immediately. Alternative accommodations will be explored and implemented as disabled patrons present themselves.

The Library remains committed to following the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] involving “reasonable accommodation” for all disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for disabilities shall be made by the librarian in charge of the Library at the time a disabled patron is present, as the ADA does not provide for a waiting period to consult with a director, Library Board, Village Board, or anyone else before providing this protection.

Evaluation:

Services needed to better serve disabled Broadwater residents will be defined, categorized, and prioritized. Any costs will be included. Alternative accommodations for specific patrons with specific disabilities may be explored.

Library usage will increase by 5% within one year of implementation.

 

Follow On:

Plan to implement or explore feasibility of identified additional or different services, or ways of offering those services. Non-traditional ways of making the Library usable are included here, and expected.

Future plans to implement services deemed worthwhile and feasible shall be implemented. Plans will include a concise explanation of what will be changed or added, who is responsible for implementation, who and how many people will benefit as a percentage of the community, how it will be implemented, when it will be implemented, how it will be evaluated, and any follow-on plans, explorations, or implementations that will be considered.

 

Goal:

Increase awareness of Library services which can benefit those living with disabilities.

Persons responsible:

Library Director, Library Board

Persons Benefited:

Disabled community members

Source:

Observation that some people in the community are not aware of certain Library services and holdings.


 

Objective:

Put in newspaper and website the fact that Library services and holdings for the disabled are available.

Requirements:

List of those services and holdings. The newspaper column, website, and word of mouth already exist.

Implementation:

  1. Put in Broadwater Library News, on Library State website, and Friends of the Library website that we have:
  2. A collection of audiobooks on CD and cassette tape.
  3. A constantly-growing large print collection.
  4. An ADA-compliant facility, including disabled parking spaces, access without stairs, and ADA-compliant restrooms.
  5. A copier, which can magnify documents.
  6. Accessibility software on computers.
  7. Continue spreading awareness by word of mouth about disabled-friendly Library.
  8. Include awareness that the Library may be accessed by nontraditional means, including internet and telephone.
  9. Include awareness of the Nebraska Library Commission’s Talking Books program, and availability of individual applications for that program.

 

Evaluation:

Library usage by those with disabilities, including temporary disabilities, should increase by 5%

Follow On:

If disabilities are identified which are not accommodated by current Library procedures and the facility, make plans to address them to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 


 

Community need #4

Preserve Broadwater area history, and history of families in area.

 

Goal:

Preserve Broadwater area history, and history of families in area.

Persons responsible:

Museum Director, Library Director, Community volunteers – especially those with family history in the community. Outside help may be obtained for certain tasks.

 

Persons Benefited:

  1. Future people looking for genealogy information.
  2. Descendents of community members who would like to know what someone remembered or did.
  3. Researchers

Source:

  1. Aging Broadwater News consulted for reference questions. Newspapers which are roughly 100 years old are extremely fragile, and cannot be replaced.
  2. Extended families from out of area looking up items of their own family history
  3. Spin-off of antiques which were previously in Library into Museum, and including more historical items.
  4. Community is aging, and interviews with elderly residents cannot be delayed indefinitely.

 

Objective 1:

Digitize the Broadwater News. The only copy is available in the Library, aging, and bound into volumes by year.

Requirements:

  1. Find out who owns copyright for Broadwater News.
  2. Get written, signed permission from copyright holder for digitization of Broadwater news from copyright holder.

 

Implementation:

  1. Get grants to have this done professionally. Nebraska Historical Society can lend appropriate equipment only for a short time, which is insufficient for this project.
  2. Get information about such a grant from Richard Miller of the Nebraska Library Commission. He said, in person, that he knew of such grant money.
  3. A company will be selected to do this through a bidding process or as dictated by the person or organization providing the grant. Under no circumstances will the company doing the digitization retain intellectual property rights to the Broadwater News or derivative works.
  4. Irreplaceable copies Broadwater News papers, in volumes, will be sent by Registered Mail to the company providing the service if they will not come to Broadwater.
  5. The digitized Broadwater News will be offered to the Nebraska Historical Society and the Library of Congress for the use of researchers.
  6. These will be available on the Internet for the use of any interested parties.
  7. This will be completed by January 1, 2017.

 

Evaluation:

  1. Digitization work will be deemed acceptable if it is complete, of sufficient quality to be read or searched electronically.
  2. Original copies of Broadwater News will be returned to the Library in their current condition.

 

Follow On:

No follow on expected.

 

Goal:

Preserve our memories

Persons responsible:

Volunteers, Museum Director and Curator, Library Director

Persons Benefited:

Family reunions, Future generations, researchers

Source:

StoryCorps announcement from American Library Association, ALA journal, observation.

 

Objective 2: Preserve the memories of long-time Broadwater residents, especially about local history.

 

Requirements:

  1. Online information and training from StoryCorps[12][13], a program of the American Library Association, about how to conduct informational interviews for historical information and memories from their DIY Guide.
  2. Camera and microphone.
  3. Computer with the ability to record a sixty minute video interview with audio.
  4. At a minimum, two volunteers will be trained using the StoryCorps or other material and technical training to operate the audiovisual equipment. More potential interviewers are preferable.

 

Implementation:

  1. This is expected to be a cooperative effort of the Broadwater Museum and Broadwater Public Library.
  2. Recruit participants from local community. This may include long-time former residents of the community who now reside elsewhere.
  3. Obtain written consent from each participant for release, and permission to post, share, or publicize these videos. It will explicitly state that information offered in these will not be treated confidentially.
  4. Hold interviews with long-time residents of the community, using video and audio recording equipment, to talk with them one-on-one about their memories.
  5. It is expected that participants may choose specific interviewers for various reasons.
  6. Edit, and post these videos to an online video hosting site, such as YouTube. Strong preference will be given to free services.
  7. Intellectual property rights to these videos and any derivative works will remain with the Village of Broadwater, the Broadwater Public Library or the Broadwater Museum. Under no circumstances is the copyright to ever become the property of the service or site hosting these videos. Permission may be granted for a derivative work which is to become part of another copyrighted work, so long as proper credit is included.
  8. Interviews will begin on or before December 10, 2015. This will be an ongoing project.

 


 

Evaluation:

Evaluation of this project will be the number and quality of these interviews. Some interviews may need to be repeated. If information gathered is of insufficient quality, interviews may be discarded. Gaining more training in active listening or interview techniques may be considered.

 

Follow On:

This project is expected to continue in the future, as people age, witness history, and have stories to tell about their experiences.

 

Goal:

Collect historical memorabilia in Broadwater Museum. Label each item as to what it is, how it was used, who it belonged to, who donated or lent it, and how to contact such a person for the item’s eventual return. Have a website with museum artifacts and some history of those items available online.

Persons responsible:

Museum Director, and others as delegated. The Broadwater Community at large, for donations and history.

 

Persons Benefited:

  1. Future people looking for historical information.
  2. People looking to see what the past was like, and what people had or did, or how those things worked.
  3. Descendents of community members who would like to know what someone used or did.
  4. Researchers

 

Source:

Personal observation of people visiting museum. Museum committee meetings.


 

Objective:

Place these items in a museum for appreciation by future people or people from outside the area.

Requirements:

Adequate space for these items. Someone who can be available to allow interested persons to come in and see the items.

Implementation:

  1. The Broadwater Museum is now set up and open.
  2. Items are donated or on loan.
  3. Items will be labeled as to what they are, when it was in use, who made it, used it, bought it, etc, as information becomes known.
  4. Information about the donor or lender will be displayed if the donor wishes, or the donor may remain anonymous.
  5. Historical items and antiques previously kept in the Broadwater Public Library have been turned over to the museum. Newly acquired items in the Library may be transferred to the museum if it is deemed historical, a physical item, and to be displayed rather than circulated. Books or other media donated to the Broadwater Museum may be transferred to the Broadwater Library. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  6. It is expected that, from time to time, Library Staff may be called upon to take people through the Museum, as the Library is open more and different hours than the Village Office. They may do so, or may call upon the Museum Director or members of the Museum committee for assistance.
  7. It is noted that other museum curators have voiced that a problem exists when too many donations or items for a special collection are received. It is expected that some may be refused in regard to the space available for the museum.
  8. Special consideration may be made for historical documents, photos, periodical clippings of local interest for Library or Museum Archives.

Evaluation:

Evaluation of this museum project will be made periodically. Considerations will be how many items are donated or lent, space available to house these collections, the number of people who visit, and the amount of money donated to keep this museum project going. If the museum is in any way digitized and available online, visitors to that website may be considered as well. Antique memorabilia which may have collected in the Library will be identified and transferred to the Museum.

Follow On:

This is expected to be an ongoing project.

Summary

While the Library has significantly improved in recent years regarding its physical building to meet legal requirements of the ADA, and has gradually modified the collection to reflect local interest and needs, we need to do more to serve large segments of the population. Identified populations that need more outreach include those living with a disability, seniors, those nearing retirement, veterans, and those living below the poverty line. We will publicize, and make information available regarding programs and benefits which may be of help to those populations, as well as examining nontraditional ways for some of those people to use the Library to take full advantage of its services. We will cooperate with organization including the Nebraska Library Commission, DHHS, and the Morrill County Veterans Affairs officer. As the heart of the community, the Library will continue to cooperate with Village government, Broadwater Museum, the Broadwater Volunteer Fire Department, and other agencies to provide services and assistance to help meet the mission, charter, and other requirements of those organizations, and assist them to provide for the community’s cultural and public safety needs so as to best use our resources to meet community needs.

Evaluation

The Library Director, staff, and volunteers will be responsible for implementing programs discussed above. The Library Director is also responsible for recording and reporting statistics to both the Library Board and Village Board monthly. This plan will be evaluated each July by the planning team as well as the Library Board to add, modify, or delete any goals or objectives, such that any needs for additional funding needed to implement any proposed programs may be included in the budget for the next fiscal year, beginning in October.

Bibliography

  1. American Factfinder – US Census – 2010-2014.
  2. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as revised and amended. http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm Accessed August, 2015
  3. Mapquest
  4. Nebraska Historical Society http://memories.nebraska.gov/index.asp Accessed August, 2015
  5. Deming, W. Edwards, Out of the Crisis, Boston: MIT Press, 2000
  6. StoryCorps DIY Guide http://cdn.storycorps.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/SCL-DIY-guide.pdf Accessed August, 2015

 

 

Evaluation

Planning for Nebraska Public Libraries

                                                                                                                                                           

Worksheet 6: Evaluation

 

  1. Who will be on the evaluation team?

Sue Nussbaum(Library Board & Fire Department), Kay Anderson (deputy emergency manager for Morrill Co), Darlene (Library Board President), Michelle Hoerler (Village Board Chair), Jeri Yeager (Village Clerk), Mike Goeman (Fire Chief), Marlene Yeager (Museum Director)

 

  1. What are you going to evaluate (Describe each goal you are going to evaluate.)

We will evaluate whether or how well we have met people’s needs for technology or education in the use of technological devices. We will look at some of the sub-objectives to see if those have been met, need on-going work, or need to be modified to meet current needs.

We will evaluate the Emergency Plan section to see if it is still in compliance with Morrill County Emergency Planning Committee goals and if identified resources need to be modified or re-identified.

We will evaluate how well we are meeting the needs of all persons in the community with a disability. We will look to see how much library usage has increased by meeting more needs of disabled persons.

We will look at our history, and its preservation. We will see how well we’re doing or have done with the previous goals, and identify any new historical information we want to preserve, and see how the Library can cooperate with the Museum to preserve it.

 

  1. What is the purpose of the evaluation?

Evaluate to see if plan meets or has met community needs. We will, as a group, identify new or follow-on needs of the community and find ways to meet those needs, as well as discard any needs which no longer exist, or were shown to have been misidentified in error.

The Emergency Plan section must remain in compliance with the Morrill County Emergency Planning Committee LEEOP manual and plans.

 

  1. How will you use the evaluation?

The evaluation will be used to modify the plan currently in progress so that it remains a good fit with the community, its needs, and its resources.

The people and other resources available to implement any goal or objective may have changed, be obsolete, or no longer available. Alternative ways to meet the goals and objectives will need to be explored.

 

  1. What questions will the evaluation seek to answer?

Is the objective or goal being met? How much? How can we improve its being met, or how can we meet this goal with available resources? Do we have, or can we get such resources? How will we get them? Who is going to put this in place, and when?

Situations may have changed since the goals were put in place that they no longer make sense for the community to put in place. Those goals and objectives need to be identified and discarded, to put new goals in their place.

 

  1. What information do you need to answer the questions?

 

What I wish to know Indicators – How will I know it?
Can adults and businesses use the technology they want or need? Ask them what they need. Asking individuals is effective.
Is the emergency plan for the Library still adhering to the with Morrill County Emergency Planning Committee’s plans and goals? Compare the Library Emergency Policy with the LEEOP manual. Change the Emergency Policy to comply.
Do drills or “false alarms” show that this plan is workable, or does it need modification? Are we doing drills? How often?

What problems or areas of need have we encountered? Have we remedied it, or have a plan to remedy them?

Are we meeting the needs of disabled community members? See if the disabled members of the community are using the Library more – including items and features expressly for accessibility.
Are our, and the Museum’s efforts at preserving local history effective? What have we kept, and have we identified any historical information which has been lost?

 

 

  1. When is the evaluation needed?

Annually, in August. The team may meet more often if deficiencies are identified.

 

 

Revision History

August 12, 2015 – First Draft. No summary. Beth Kulacz

August 12, 2015 – First edit. James Kulacz

August 12, 2015 – Second draft. No summary. Beth Kulacz

August 13, 2015 – Third Draft, including summary. Beth Kulacz

August 13, 2015 – Second edit. James Kulacz

August 17, 2015 – Fourth Draft. Approved. First official version for distribution – Beth Kulacz

August 24, 2015 – Fifth Draft. Changes and information on plan requested by Richard Miller of the NLC.

August 26, 2015 – First Version, sent to Richard Miller for approval

August 30, 2015 – First Version approved by Richard Miller of Nebraska Library Commission

 

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