November 26, 2011
The Board of Trustees of Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) approved a strategic plan for the period 2012-15 at a recent meeting. “This plan will map the way forward for our institution in the coming years,” said Jean VanTol, chair of the WRL Board, which governs operations of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library. The library’s strategic plan can be found on the WRL website at wrl.org/strategic_plan
The process of revising the previous strategic plan, which was put in place in 2006, began in February 2011. A committee comprised of library staff as well as members of the boards of the WRL Friends, WRL Foundation and the library governing board guided the plan development. The strategic plan process included focus groups of adults and teens organized by a research team directed by professor Lisa Szykman from The Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. A survey of library users and staff generated nearly 1,000 responses on a range of topics related to library operations.
The process resulted in a refinement of the library’s mission statement, core values and strategic direction. The library’s priorities under the new plan are creating a comprehensive communications plan, expanding offerings of digital content, rearranging spaces in both library buildings, providing opportunities for staff development and expanding service to teenagers.
Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library, and serves a population of 85,000 in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County.