Strategic Plan 2021-2023

PDF iconAFPL Strategic Plan at a Glance 2021-2023.pdf

Click the link above to view our Plan at a Glance or the link below for the complete plan.

PDF iconAvalon Library Strategic Plan 2021-2023.pdf

In December 2019 the Avalon Free Public Library began planning for a new three-year strategic plan, anticipated for 2021-2023. The Planning Committee convened to outline plans for data gathering and establish a time frame for the process. Shortly after these plans were set, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear and services were quickly shifted to remote. Planning priorities changed overnight but the Library found opportunities to gather data from the community, staff, and stakeholders as the year unfolded, including a staff SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, comprehensive planning survey and community focus groups. 

The Library’s approach to strategic planning has evolved in the past three years. While the 2018-2020 plan served the organization well, staff also learned a great deal as they worked to be accountable to the plan. The experiences shared by the Staff Strategic Committee and the unique challenges of serving the community during COVID-19 illustrated the value of an agile plan for the future.

Our planning process led us to the following three strategic initiatives.

  • Engage - Connect with the entire Avalon community, near and far.
  • Enhance - Develop spaces and resources that provide exceptional on-site and digital experiences. 
  • Envision - Use foresight to create plans that are responsive to community needs.