Yours to Experience: Neighborhood Meetings on Indy Library's Strategic Plan

yours_to_experience.jpgIndianapolis residents are invited to learn about The Indianapolis Public Library's proposed Strategic Plan that will provide a road map for services through 2020 at Indy Library locations continuing through early March. Join Library CEO Jackie Nytes to discuss the Library's vision, goals and priorities to meet community needs. Community feedback is essential to finalize an effective and sustainable plan.

For the past six months, citizen-led task forces and a Steering Committee representing the local business, education and civic communities have worked to develop recommendations for library services during the years 2015 - 2020.

In addition to establishing the Library's core principles, such as promoting literacy, fostering community dialogue, embracing a diverse community, guiding digital learning and supporting intellectual freedom, the Strategic Plan would direct library services toward community goals in such areas as education, workforce readiness, business development and neighborhood development. Among other methods, the Library would achieve these goals by providing greater outreach of services, offering more diverse and relevant collections, developing greater community partnerships, and creating a network of services in accessible locations.

The new plan is based on research on changing demographics, patron usage and an assessment of current Library facilities. It provides flexibility in determining where facilities should be located, the types of services provided within branches, and opportunities to offer services in other community locations. The plan also would be defined by its financial sustainability and ability to generate adequate resources.

Following the public meetings will be final consideration and approval of the Strategic Plan by the Library Board of Trustees. Initial implementation will be reflected in the Library's 2015 budget and operations plan.

Dates and locations for the public meetings can be found in the Library's online calendar of events.

To follow the progress of the Library's Strategic Plan, visit