October 4, 2015

The Chicago Public Library Publishes Strategic Vision for 2015-2017

The vision document is titled: 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future.

From the Publication Announcement:

2014-07-02_17-01-56Coming on the heels of major announcements such as the Internet-to-Go program, the launch of a new website and smartphone apps, and the expansion of digital services and lendable technology, the Chicago Public Library’s 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future outlines the strategic priorities and goals of CPL service to Chicagoans. The strategy will serve as the foundation for the Library’s work plan as CPL continues to enhance its programs, services, and collection.


In the next three years, CPL’s timeless mission will remain unchanged: welcoming and supporting all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning, and striving to serve them well and effectively by providing equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources. But CPL will also respond to the current and evolving needs of patrons by focusing on three key initiatives: nurturing learning, supporting economic advancement and strengthening communities.

“Throughout its 140-year history, CPL has evolved and found innovative ways to serve the City. This strategy will guide our next evolution,” said Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. “It is a roadmap for the future as we continue building the model 21st century urban library.”

Direct to Full Text Document: 2015-2017 Strategy: Building the Library of the Future (19 pages; PDF)

See Also: Chicago Public Library’s YOUMedia Program Expanding To Six More Locations, CPL Also Launches Teen Services Dept. (February 20, 2014)

See Also:  Ingram Will Manage Chicago Public Library’s Patron Driven Acquisition Pilot For Print Books (October 15, 2013)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

Craft Exceptional Digital Experiences for Your Users
Digital UX LJ and ER&L present an exceptional roster of library and user experience (UX) experts for our newest online course, Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library. During this 5-week online workshop, you will explore why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Whether you want to redesign your website, revamp your user interface, create a new discovery tool, implement e-resources, or develop a mobile app—you’ll have a tangible product by the end of the course.