May 16, 2022

Indianapolis Public Library Trustees Adopt New Strategic Plan (2015-2020)

From the Indy Public Library:

After 10 months of citizen input, research and assessment, The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees has approved a strategic plan, “Yours to Experience,” to define the Library’s role and scope of services in the community for the years 2015-2020. The plan includes realigning branch locations to maximize access, reducing or eliminating the leasing of facilities, and developing new relationships with community centers and other partners.


Other goals include strategies for enhancing the Library’s contributions to foster personal growth and learning, establishing the Library as a civic focal point and resource center, and positioning the Library as an agent of innovation through technology and a well-targeted collection. Maintaining a strong commitment to early childhood learning, leading individuals in their digital journeys with technology, providing full access to those with different abilities, and meeting the needs of diverse populations are other key aspects of the plan.

“This plan affords an opportunity for us to expand our services to meet the needs of changing demographics,” said Dorothy R. Crenshaw, Library Board President. “There are some very lofty ideas here, but it does create a framework for the direction we should move.”

Guided by a citizen-led Steering Committee co-chaired by Carey B. Lykins and Hope Y. Hampton, the planning process began in July 2013 by identifying issues of importance to the community. It generated input from nine Task Forces comprised of representatives from over 150 businesses and organizations, as well as from public surveys and feedback from 23 community presentations on the proposed plan. Local demographic studies and assessments on patron usage and the condition of Library facilities also were considered.

“As we’ve known for some time, the role of the Library and libraries everywhere is changing, and The Indianapolis Public Library must evolve to remain relevant in the lives of individuals today,” said Jackie Nytes, Library CEO. “While our patrons still use the Library for traditional services, they are demanding new ways of accessing information in an ever-changing cultural landscape. This plan allows the Library the flexibility to respond to changing needs and to better integrate itself into the core of our community.”

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Additional Materials About the Plan and Planning Process Including:

Can Be Accessed Here

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