Library holds retreat to discuss future plans and services

The Anoka County Library staff recently held a planning event, “Game Changer: A Library Visioning Retreat.”

Marlene Moulton Janssen, Anoka County Library director, welcomed attendees to a strategic planning event titled “Game Changer: A Library Visioning Retreat.” Photo by Elyse Kaner

Marlene Moulton Janssen, Anoka County Library director, welcomed attendees to a strategic planning event titled “Game Changer: A Library Visioning Retreat.” Photo by Elyse Kaner

The idea of the retreat was to seek input from community stakeholders in the planning of a strategic design for libraries of the future.

The sessions involved discussions on change in a fast-paced, technological age and a sharing of thoughts about what the county library of the future should look like, including programs and services for county residents.

More than 40 people, a mix of community members, school district administrators, government officials and staff workers and area business leaders, attended one of two sessions.

The first session took place March 24 at the Bunker Hill Activity Center and a second was March 29 at the Mississippi Branch Library in Fridley. Sue Hall, a consultant with Library Strategies, facilitated the sessions.

A similar strategic planning session for the library’s future was last held in 2007.

Among the many ideas discussed last week in planning for the libraries were: new technology, usage, social media, access, forming partnerships, branding, involving more children and embracing diversity.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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