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Plan of Service


2014 Community
Consultation Summary


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Mission, Vision, Values

As part of our new Plan of Service, and in response to what our community our Library has developed a new mission and vision for 2016-2020.


The heart of a connected, informed, and inspired community.


Reaching out across urban and rural Strathcona County, the Library promotes engagement, sparks imagination, and provides the tools for building skills and knowledge.


Equitable access, responsiveness, intellectual freedom, accountability, and collaboration.


Plan of Service 2016-2020

In 2014, Strathcona County Library conducted a community consultation in preparation for its Plan of Service 2016-2020. The consultation followed a process outlined in Sandra Nelson’s book, Strategic Planning for Results (Chicago: American Library Association, 2008). Invitations were extended to community leaders who represented a wide variety of constituents and who could provide different perspectives and opinions. A group of 26 people participated in two full-day facilitated meetings to discuss the future of the Library.

Through a series of exercises, the group described a five-year vision for Strathcona County residents, identified community gaps and needs, reviewed where other local organizations were already working to fill those needs, and then discussed the Library’s potential roles. In between the public consultation sessions were a series of feedback sessions for library staff and Library Board members, which allowed for communication to flow back and forth between the groups. By December of 2014, the Library had a clear set of strategic directions from the community, and a list of benefits and outcomes to work towards when delivering materials, programs and services.

After careful consideration and with the approval of the Library’s Board and staff, Strathcona County Library’s focus roles for its Plan of Service 2016-2020 are:

1. Participate and Connect: Community Engagement.
Residents will know about programs, services, and activities provided by community agencies and will have opportunities for community dialogue, collaboration, partnerships and civic engagement.

2. Create Young Readers: Early Literacy.
Children from birth to age five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.

3. Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning.
Residents will have the resources they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.

4. Understand How to Find, Evaluate and Use Information: Information Fluency.
Residents will have the skills to search for, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information to resolve issues, answer questions and satisfy their needs.

To read more about our process, please see our 2014 Community Consultation Summary and Plan of Service 2016-2020 Report (pdf).
More about SCL values can be found in Library Board - Policies.

The Alberta Library

SCL is a member of The Alberta Library (TAL), which is a consortium of 49 member libraries in over 300 locations whose mission is strengthening communities through collaboration. Learn more at the TAL website,

For more information on how Alberta libraries are connected through TAL, see the video Alberta Libraries - We're Connected.

SCL cardholders are eligible for a TAL card, which enables them to borrow books from other libraries across the province.

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