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Petawawa Library reveals top six priorities

By Celina Ip


On Oct. 16, Petawawa Public Library chief executive officer Amanda Foster delivered a special presentation in front of Petawawa’s council, during which she discussed the library's six current strategic priorities.

On Oct. 16, Petawawa Public Library chief executive officer Amanda Foster delivered a special presentation in front of Petawawa’s council, during which she discussed the library's six current strategic priorities.

PETAWAWA – The Petawawa Public Library has introduced a book load of new strategies to further improve the library.

 

On Oct. 16, fittingly falling within Ontario Public Library Week (Oct. 15 to 21), Petawawa Public Library chief executive officer Amanda Foster delivered a special presentation in front of Petawawa’s council.

Foster’s presentation focused on the six priorities that they’re strategically implementing in order to improve various aspects of the library while addressing users’ key needs and concerns.

Their first priority is to enhance library collections and resources and improve the modes of delivery to serve diverse users with a variety of needs and expectations.

“Our number one priority is improving the book collection as there are a lot of areas that could definitely be better – particularly the adult non-fiction selection,” said Foster. “We're really trying to fill in some areas that are completely outdated and trying to ensure that we have new resources with current information.”

Along with improved their adult collection, the library is looking to increase programming geared towards the young adults.

“Most of what we've had has been more for seniors, so we're trying to do more things that appeal to younger adults – because if you look at the census that is actually a really huge part of our population,” said Foster. “So one event we have planned is Friend Speed Dating which is speed dating to meet friends.”

Along with the Friend Speed Dating event which will be taking place on Nov. 15, adults can look forward to Trivia Night on Nov. 3 and Paint Nite on Dec. 1.

The library’s third and fourth priorities are to update their policy manual and increase community input for programs, services and collections.

“We want to make sure that we're getting people what they want, because I’m not sure that there's been a lot of input in the past. So we definitely want more input and if anyone has ideas I’m very open to people coming by and telling me what we're missing,” said Foster.

Along with gathering community input through surveys and questionnaires, the CEO expressed that their fifth goal is to increase the community’s library usage by focusing all of their priorities around the library’s current and future patrons themselves.

“We’ve already been seeing an increase in the number of visitors, but I’d love to have 500 people walk through in a day – which I think is possible,” said Foster.

Their final priority is to improve the library website to make it more accessible, of which plans are already underway.

“The current one is just overloaded with information so we want to come up with something more modern and more streamlined,” she said.

Councillors expressed their interest in the new and innovative ideas and commented on their eagerness to see the new plans unfold over the coming months.

“You have good programs, you have good ideas and all of this sounds pretty darn good. So keep it up and if you make any kinds of improvements I think you'll be simply improving on excellence,” said Counc. Treena Lemay.

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