Library board approves strategic plan

West Side Library in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Board of Trustees for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has approved a six-year strategic plan for the library system.

The plan was drafted from conversations and input from community members, library staff and trustees, and data gathered through a survey and compiled by the Youngstown State University Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

This portion of the plan focuses on six areas: Learning opportunities (programs and services); community presence (communication, outreach and partnerships); collections and spaces (facilities and materials); technology (public and internal-future focused); staff (internal development); and fiscal stewardship (budget and development).

Library communications director Janet Loew said library administrators will coordinate the implementation of different aspects of the plan.

Lowe also said a facilities study is under way as part of the strategic plan and should be complete by the end of the year. One of the proposals is to merge the Brownlee Woods and Struthers branches.

To see the plan, click here.

Also at last week’s board meeting, trustees also voted to establish the Edward W. Powers Fund as a restricted income fund within the Library Foundation to support teen programs at the library. The fund was established with a $48,000 donation from the Edward W. Powers Foundation.
Loew said the money will be used to support teen programming already in place and possibly to create new programs in the future.
Trustees also are accepting bids for the Boardman branch library roof and boiler projects. The library branch, which opened in 1992, has four boilers and a roof in need of replacement.
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Director Heidi Daniel said co-chairs for the upcoming levy campaign will be Lori Shandor, campaign/gift planning director at Park Vista in Youngstown, and Danny Catullo, owner of Catullo Prime Meats. The levy campaign treasurer will be Carlton Sears, former library director.

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