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Prince William Public Library
Library Strategic Plan

The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) and Library Board of Trustees are beginning a strategic plan process to develop and implement strategic direction for the next five years.

The Prince William Public Library is the literacy and lifelong learning catalyst for Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. With this role, the Library is a crucial quality of life component across the region.  With the strategic plan process, our goal will be to identify outcomes that are pertinent to continue to contribute to the quality of life for the entire community.

The process will involve community leaders, Library stakeholders and the public allowing the entire community to participate in an interconnected vision for the Prince William Public Library System.



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​A comprehensive market analysis of trends and best practices, baseline demographics, SWOT analysis, and research findings will be conducted.
Online, in-branch, and paper surveys with staff, Library Trustees, Friends members, Foundation Board, elected officials and the community.

​Timeline: August 2017 – October 2017


​​Focus groups and community forums will be created to include members of the community, Library Trustees, Friends members, Foundation Board, elected officials and other designees to provide their insights and perspectives on the needs of the community.
​​A Library Advisory Committee will be established to review results and prepare solutions for the next phase in the strategic plan process.
​One-on-one interviews will take place with community leaders and non-library users.
​The comprehensive analysis and results from the first two phases will be presented to the Library Board.
​Timeline: November 2017 – January 2018


After compiling results and input from the surveys, comprehensive analysis, focus groups and Trustee guidance, the Library Advisory Committee and Library staff will work to develop areas of strategic focus.
​Once the areas of strategic focus are finalized, Library staff will produce a strategic plan document to present to the Library Board of Trustees at their July 2018 board meeting.
Timeline: February 2018 – July 2018


Upon approval of the plan by the Library Board, Library staff will develop an organizational implementation process with measurements attached.
Additionally, the planning process for the 2023-2028 strategic plan will begin along with annual strategic plan updates for the 2018-2023 strategic plan.

Timeline: July 2018 – Ongoing



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