Public libraries continue to change rapidly in the twenty-first century, and the Haliburton County Public Library (HCPL) has been evolving in step. In our last strategic plan, we identified the need to cultivate dynamic partnerships, and we continue to thrive in this area.
As well, we’ve made progress in creating a technology plan and improving library communications. This has been strengthened by the formation of two new positions, as we now have a full-time Technology & Systems Coordinator and a part-time Marketing & Communications Coordinator to support us into the future.
The focus of our new plan may best be summarized by the word “modernization.” Each area of the library is being reassessed for how we can make progress and improvements along five areas of direction. These relate to: communicating our value, honouring our relationships, engaging in advocacy and community connection, investing in staff, and creating consistency across the library system.
This is an exciting time in libraries and the information sector generally, but significant change has occurred specifically at HCPL leading up to the publishing of this strategic plan. In applying this plan as presented, we’re confident that the next five years will lead to sustainable and positive change for patrons and visitors in each of our communities.
Sally Howson, Library Board Chair (2021-2022)
Chris Stephenson, Library CEO/Chief Librarian
The Haliburton County Public Library supports and empowers our communities by connecting people with free services, programs, collections, and information.
Committed to empowering our communities through lifelong learning, inclusivity, and creative partnerships, while adapting and being resilient.