Free Public Library
COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT GOALS
To provide a collection in various media that reflects the Library’s Mission Statement
To maintain and enhance this collection through an organized and continual evaluation of the individual components and through subsequent additions to and deletions from the collection
To provide a collection that examines different viewpoints on a broad range of subjects
To impose no restrictions on access to all materials in the collection
Evaluate budget allocation for collection development taking into consideration the Building Program and the Space Needs Assessment by 12/1/2005 – DONE
Evaluate budget allocation for collection development taking into consideration patron use and basic goals of the Library: 12/1/2012 – DONE. Review every three years or sooner if funding warrants it.
Examine the value of having a specific area of concentration in the library and determine the area, if needed, by 12/31/2005 – DONE (Travel Books collection expanded)
Review collection development policy every five years - DONE 7/2007. Next evaluation: 8/2012 – DONE. Next evaluation: 2017.
Review census figures to determine the languages(s), other than English, spoken in Montvale to gauge the demand for books in these languages. If the population size of any given language indicates a need to collect materials in that language, conceive a plan and budget for implementation in 2013. DONE. No need at present. Review figures for languages periodically.
Develop contingency plan and priority list to prepare for possible reduction of funding due to economic downturn and/or revised legislation. Plan will review usage of and demand for materials in the collection and cost of said materials. Timing: 10/2009. Coordinate with Staff Development. Review annually.
To maintain and continue to improve the
physical plant to insure the capability of fulfilling the
library’s Mission Statement and Goals
Items requiring major expenditure are listed in order of preference
and will be completed as funds are available:
To develop an annual budget plan that satisfies the
To explore sources of funding other than the municipal appropriation
To evaluate the Library’s investments on a periodic basis and insure that any such investments are conservative in nature
Determine and train appropriate staff/Board member to assume continuation of the finance systems in the absence of Director with each new Board Treasurer (every two years)
Require participation of Board Treasurer in the annual budget discussions with Borough Administrator and Treasurer - ONGOING
Approach Montvale businesses for alternative funding opportunities, such as sponsorship of ESL or the Summer Reading Program – 2013. Initial informal approach (advising companies of library services available to their employees) done in 2014. Revisit periodically.
On an ongoing basis, pursue all relevant opportunities for grants
Beginning in 2008 review fine structure every three years and adjust as warranted
Determine “Reserves” amount to remain in NJCMF and to be used for emergencies – 8/2009; DONE – Revisit every four years or as funding warrants.
Establish a reserve fund for capital improvements with a designated amount – 11/2009; DONE – review annually.
Develop contingency plan and priority list to prepare for possible reduction of funding due to economic downturn and/or revised legislation – 10/2009 and review every year. See Collection Development and Staff Development
Maintain a dedicated emergency fund, as recommended by the State Library – ONGOING
Provide annual funding for basic and continuing operating expenses not able to be included in the municipal appropriation including – but not limited to – audit, bank fees bulk mailing permit, delivery, ESL, legal advertising, miscellaneous, newsletters, professional development , photocopier service contract, reciprocal fee, reimbursements to other libraries, repairs//replacements, adult programs, and youth services programs – ONGOING
Maintain a dedicated line in reserves to cover annual cost of HVAC repairs until such time as cost can be included under the municipal appropriation - ONGOING
INTERLIBRARY COOPERATION GOALS
To maintain communication with members of the library community, including –but not limited to—local school libraries, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System and the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative
To promote and participate in resources sharing among the members of the library community
Investigate the feasibility of joint
programs with other public libraries on an ongoing basis
During the next five years, pursue opportunities of collection development with other libraries including, but not limited to, expensive reference materials. During the past five years, no opportunities arose. During the next five years, pursue if opportunities arise.
PUBLIC RELATIONS GOALS
To keep the public informed about Library services and activities
To maintain a positive image for the Library
To cooperate with local school officials and staffs
To cooperate with local, state and federal government officials
To expand basic Library service by offering selected programs
PUBLIC RELATIONS OBJECTIVESInvestigate feasibility of using Pascack Valley van for library transportation on a scheduled basis by 3/31/2006 – DONE; revisit in 2014
To insure that services are broad enough to meet the varying needs and interests of the different constituencies
Extend Sunday hours through July in 2006 - DONE
STAFF DEVELOPMENT GOALS
To continue to hire qualified individuals for all levels of staffing
To maintain a program of in-house staff training for services and procedures
To encourage participation in workshops, seminars, discussion groups and advance study that enhance the employee’s value to the Library and to its users
To foster independent thinking and creativity
To continue to use the special talents of Library employees to the fullest extent possible
STAFF DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
Determine adequate staffing for
children’s area and review staffing in other areas by 7/1/2006 -
Review current job descriptions with each new hire
Develop job descriptions where needed by 12/31/2006 - DONE
As finances permit, adjust all library assistant rates to be in line with the rates paid by the Borough
Develop “on call” list for coverage at the Circulation and Reference desks in 2008 – DONE BY BCCLS
Develop contingency plan and priority list to prepare for possible economic downturn and/or revised legislation. – 10/2009 – Coordinate with Collection Development. Review annually.
Establish succession plan for Library Director including timing of hiring and training requirements. Set up committee: 11/2009. Finish plan: 5/2010. Review every other year, starting 2012.
Review Personnel Policy every three years.
BOARD DEVELOPMENT GOALS
To encourage additional education for new and
current Trustees by taking advantage of State Library programs and
those provided by BCCLS, HRLC or other public library agencies
Insure that all Board members have sufficient
knowledge of the Montvale Free Public Library
Review and make plans for Board
members to meet current and future state requirements as
necessitated by law - ONGOING
Set up and implement hands-on awareness
programs for each member of the Board - ONGOING
Retrain Board members every two years as Board officers change