ABOUT THE LIBRARY - Policies
Strategic Plan 2013-2017
The plan set forth in these pages was initiated by the staff and
board of trustees of Red Jacket Community Library and by a committee
composed of local community members. The local community members
selected for the five year planning committee represented a varied
selection of the Manchester and Shortsville populations. The members
participating on the committee are:
- Roy Broomfield: Military Veteran, Recent RIT Graduate Student
- Kristin Feliciano: Parent of RJ Students
- Charlene Harvey: Superintendent of RJSD
- Nancy Hathaway: Information Technologist WFL-BOCES, Volunteer
Library Program Instructor
- Kathleen Honchen: Library Staff Representative
- Stephani Hutson: Parent of RJ Students
- Stacy Liberati: English Department Head at RJSD
- Dorcas Lynch: Member of Friends of RJCL and Active Community
- Una MacDonald: Teen Representative, RJ Student
- Randall Ott: Library Board Trustee and RJSD Science Teacher
- David Schlossnagle: Contractor and RJSD Alumnus
- Jason Wagner: Fire Chief and Parent of RJSD Students
- Donna Williams: Active Service Organization Volunteer and Former
The five-year planning committee met on January 7 and January 22
to discuss their shared vision for the community and the actual
needs of the community. Under the direction of the library director
and facilitator, the group brainstormed to formulate a clearer
picture of how the identified needs could be addressed to help to
fulfill a prosperous vision for the community. The book The New
Planning for Results by Sandra Nelson was used to guide the meetings
and create the worksheets created for the collaborative work that
transpired at the meetings.
At the conclusion of the second meeting, the five year planning
committee agreed upon three library service responses. In Sandra
Nelson’s book, thirteen library service responses are identified.
The committee was tasked with determining which of these service
responses best serve the identified needs and proposed vision for
the Manchester-Shortsville area. The committee chose the following
service areas to be the focal points of the five year plan:
- Commons: To provide a welcoming, comfortable
environment for future community programs including new teen and
youth programs with emphasis on creating an area dedicated to
the teen population.
- Formal Learning Support: To provide more formal
learning opportunities and resources to allow patrons the
opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
- General Information: To offer information and share
resources to meet community needs and interests.
The service responses chosen remain unchanged from
the prior five-year
plan with the exception of the “Formal Learning Support”
response, which replaces the previously named “Lifelong Learning”
The goals set forth for each service response by the committee
are included. These goals illustrate the expected outcomes the
committee envisions based on their future vision for the community
and the needs they identified for the community. The library board
and director are tasked with determining the measurable objectives
that will be put into place to achieve these service response goals.
The library board appointed a sub-committee to review the service
responses. This group met with the director on January 24 to discuss
the service responses and work on developing measurable objectives
to correlate to these named service response goals.
The mission statement for the Red Jacket Community Library was
looked at and edited slightly to correlate with the currently named
service responses and goals. The new mission statement shall be as
The Red Jacket Community Library provides all residents of
the Manchester/Shortsville Central School District with a wide
variety of programs, resources, materials and services that will
meet the community’s need to satisfy curiosity, access
information and support formal learning opportunities within
a safe and welcoming environment for all.
The italicized words represent the slight change made to the
mission statement in light of the newly identified formal learning
The 2013-2017 Plan
The plan set forth contains the service responses, goals and
measurable objectives designed by the committee, board and director.
This plan reflects the needs of the community tied to a vision of
prosperity for the community.
To provide a welcoming, comfortable environment for all community
programs including new teen and youth programs with emphasis on
creating dedicated spaces for varied interests and activity levels.
The library will create a space designed for teens with input
from a minimum of 100 teens.
- The library director will survey teens to determine what
they would like to have available within a teen space.
- The library director, board and finance committee will
determine what can be implemented and assess whether particular
budgetary increases will need to be allotted for in order to
create the space.
- The library director will meet with the superintendent to
discuss possible space options within the library.
The library will survey a minimum of 100 teens and youth to
assess what types of programming are most relevant and desirable for
- The library director will survey teens and youth to
determine programming needs.
- The library director and treasurer will determine (based in
the survey feedback) how the budget for teen and youth
programming may need to change to meet the needs of this group.
The library will increase teen attendance at programs by 10
percent each year (after programming needs have been identified from
surveys and adequate budgetary modifications have been made).
- Build better partnerships with agencies (such as the school)
that service teens.
Formal Learning Support
To provide more formal learning opportunities and resources to
allow patrons the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.
The library will increase Internet accessibility.
- The current bandwidth available will be increased to a
minimum of 12Mb downstream / 1.5Mb upstream to enable patrons
enrolled in online coursework to have access to learning using
our public computers.
- Director and treasurer will meet to discuss how to fund the
increased bandwidth cost.
The library will increase access to tablet computers and laptops
- Director will price laptops and tablet computers to find out
the cost and best options available for the library.
- Director and board will devise policy regarding the use of
tablets and laptops for formal education purposes.
The library will offer a minimum of one program per month that
encourages a formal learning opportunity.
- Director will scout out online learning opportunities that
offer free access to formal learning at the library.
- Director will build strong relationships with organizations
such as LVOY in order to offer guest presentations concerning
formal education opportunities.
- Director will find out how much it costs to offer an online
database with study guides and practice tests available for
those interested in pursuing: high school equivalency (GED),
Civil Service Employment, college entrance (SAT/ACT), Graduate
or Professional School (GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.).
- Annually replace all study guides in hard copy that exceed
copyright date beyond three years of the current year. (Added
1/29 by board sub-committee)
- Director, board and treasurer will discuss feasibility of
purchasing database license.
To offer information and share resources to meet community needs
The library will survey residents twice per year to find out what
their needs and interests are.
- Director will put a short survey on the water bill and
assess results of survey to determine needs and interests.
- Director will put a short survey in school newsletter and
assess results of survey to determine needs and interests.
- Director will create an online survey using Survey Monkey
and assess results of survey to determine needs and interests.
The library will offer a minimum of four programs per year based
on identified community interests and needs.
- Director will identify interests and needs and seek
programming that directly relates to the responses indicated on
The library will offer resources that meet the identified needs
and interests of the community by purchasing a minimum of 50% of all
- Director will create a binder for people to write
suggestions for purchases of books, DVDs and other media.
- Director will create a means of recording suggestions online
and have a link to this on the library website.
The initiation of this five-year plan shall commence on July 1,
2013 and end at the conclusion of our fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
Fulfillment of the service responses, goals, objectives and selected
actions shall be monitored by the director and board of trustees
through out the five-year period. Assessment of actual progress
toward achieving the goals, objectives and selected actions set
forth shall occur annually during the evaluation of the director.