Looking forward to the leadership workshop this weekend with the consultants from Library Strategies and the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. As part of an Otto Bremer Foundation grant the library is receiving consulting services to address issues in library advocacy, fundraising, and marketing. Consultants have already visited the library for a capacity assessment to help us decide where we need the most help. Jodi Bird, our Children’s Librarian and Library Board member Dayle Mandelson are also participating.
The Dunn County Library Planning Committee has revised the Library Plan of Service
The library has been selected as one of six western Wisconsin public libraries to participate.
The Otto Bremer Foundation is committed to building the strength and integrity of libraries and literacy programs within its rural communities. As part of this commitment, the Foundation initiated the Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute (“L3”) in 2012—a pilot program focused on building the leadership capacity of twelve rural Minnesota libraries and literacy programs. With the great success of this pilot year, the Otto Bremer Foundation will launch a second stage of the Institute in western Wisconsin beginning in September of 2013.
L3 is sponsored by the Otto Bremer Foundation and presented by Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and the Minnesota Literacy Council. Benefits to participating organizations Participants in the Institute will work on building the leadership capacity of their library or literacy program. After a detailed capacity assessment is conducted, participants will attend the Institute training program. Training topics will be tailored to fit the needs of the participating organizations.
Topics covered may include:
- Conducting fundraising activities to raise private support
- Advocating for public funding for your organization
- Building strong community partnerships
- Building and managing a strong volunteer or library Friends base
- Improving administrative infrastructure
- Planning for leadership transition
- Recruiting and developing a strong Board
- Making effective programming decisions
- Using technology for maximum effectiveness
The library is currently working on a new long range plan. The Library Board and staff are collecting data to learn more about where we should be going with library service in the future. An opinion survey was conducted and select focus groups were held to learn more about what you want from your library. We are now conducting a second survey with new questions prompted by the first survey results and the focus group feedback. Please take a moment to fill out the short survey.