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December 21, 2014

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Strategic Planning : Goal 2

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.

 

Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Goal 2: Expand Seattle’s Access to Information, Ideas and Stories

Summary

A.

Lead the nation in providing access to digital material

 

Build a comprehensive digital collection that is among the best in the country

 

Negotiate with e-publishers to make popular digital material easily available to patrons

 

Take a leadership role in determining the best way for libraries to preserve collections in older formats

B.

Develop relevant and inspiring collections that meet Seattle's evolving needs and expectations

 

Find new and better ways to hear what the public wants in the collection

 

Create and collect original, non-published local interest material such as podcasts of community events and oral histories

C.

Drive new models for improving information access and delivery

 

Implement state-of-the-art improvements for a user-friendly website and catalog

 

Re-invent the ways the Library connects information seekers with librarians and resources

 

Provide full access to Library materials for people with disabilities

 

Pilot new ways to showcase, organize and deliver collections drawing on customer feedback and best practices

 

Deliver innovative services such as print-on-demand stations or automated book dispensing machines in targeted locations

 

Summary of Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

Goal 3

Goal 4

Goal 5

 

Read the complete Strategic Plan

 

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