Community input for the Whistler Library’s strategic plans drive an interior space redesign and move to easier to use, word-based Deweyless system.
The Whistler Public Library has released the 2018-21 Strategic Plan. The renewed document reflects the library’s continued vision to “inspire wonder” among residents and visitors in Whistler.
The new plan was informed by a Vision Survey conducted by the library last year which allowed the community and resort visitors to weigh in on library services and library experience. Using the feedback from 485 survey respondents, library staff and trustees, along with members of the RMOW team, identified five priorities for the coming years.
These new priorities align with the RMOW’s Whistler2020 Community Vision while also embracing the library’s unique and progressive values. Moving forward, the library team will be driven by the renewed values to be adventurous, excellence-driven, inquisitive, open, and responsive.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm Morden commented, “The Whistler Public Library continues to be an important part of our community. It has remained this way through the commitment to growth and focus on those who use this great space and array of resources and programs. The new Strategic Plan invites even more people to be a part of the connection and discovery the library offers.”
Library Director Elizabeth Tracy added, “We recognize the library can impact people’s sense of belonging in our community, contribute to economic vitality, or simply provide an escape and refuge from everyday stresses. Our plan is simple by design to allow room for growth and change with the needs of the community.”
Feedback received in the Vision Survey showed users’ changing requirements and uses of library spaces. Over the next three years, changes to the layout and design of the library’s interior will reflect the community’s feedback. Among the changes will be an expanded “living room” area in front of the popular fireplace corner, the introduction of a Wonder Lab for exploring new technologies, updated teen spaces, more private meeting spaces and designated areas for phone conversations.
Final implementation of plans from the previous strategic document are also underway. Following the value to be barrier-free, the library is introducing a new, word and topic-based classification system for the adult non-fiction collection. The new user-friendly classification system will replace the current Dewey decimal classification scheme, with library guests soon to be able to easily browse their favourite subjects like travel, cooking or photography.
Library Director Elizabeth Tracy shares, “With the introduction of the new Deweyless system, we are excited to join the ranks of other leading libraries. Eliminating barriers and creating a user-focused experience reflects the values of the library that guide our growth into the future.”
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