I don’t often talk openly about my workplace on this blog, but I’m making an exception today.
Vancouver Public Library has released our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan which envisions the role the Library will play in helping to create an informed, engaged, and connected city. Some of the highlights include:
- Library staff enabled with mobile devices will deliver services to the patron at the point of need.
- Constructing and re-energizing new and existing branches
- Exploring the use of digital technology as a platform for discovering, creating, and sharing community knowledge
- Adding 2,300 more opening hours per year
- And the biggie – planning our Garden in the Sky – opening the rooftop garden at the Central Library to the public
What does this mean for me? As a librarian in the Digital Services department, we have more projects and action items to carry out over the next two years than almost any other division. I’m gonna be busy, y’all.
I feel extremely fortunate to work for a library system that values community consultation, that supports innovation and creativity, and is fundamentally committed to remaining a free place that provides access to all.
I’m ready to get to work.