Strategic Plan

2014-2018 Strategic Plan

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2019 - 2023 Draft Strategic Plan -- Progress to Date

The Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) Strategic Plan 2014-18 is coming to an end and we can look back with some satisfaction at what we have achieved over the last five years in terms of encouraging lifelong learning, supporting our local economy, embracing change and innovation, promoting diversity and social inclusion, and fostering community well-being and personal growth. A full list of our achievements will be published in a Report to the Community 2014-18 which will be widely distributed in early 2019. 

As well as looking back at our success stories, we have also been looking forward to the future as we worked on our next Five Year Plan for 2019-2023. The community intelligence for this plan was gathered by holding Community Conversations across the city with a wide range of individuals and organizations. We engaged every sector and demographic in this process, including arts / heritage, business, criminal justice, community, faith, Indigenous, health / awareness, seniors, social service, women and youth. 

The aim of the Community Conversations was not to find out people’s views on TBPL but to discover what their aspirations and concerns were for the city - whether they live, work or study here. An online Community Survey was also carried out. The primary themes which emerged loud and clear from the conversations and the survey include: 

  • Safety - more community identity, belonging, respect; less fear, violence, hatred, crime, death among Indigenous youth 
  • Clean and Healthy Community – desire for a positive and vibrant city 
  • Public Transportation – needs to be reliable, affordable and accessible to everyone 
  • Inclusive and Diverse Community – continue to break down the us vs. them mentality and bring people together to celebrate differences and similarities 
  • Racism – it needs to stop; it benefits no one • Homelessness and Poverty – people are struggling to find their place, access resources, or find meaningful things to do 
  • Youth – not enough to do, or no easy way to get to the things that are going on already 
  • Health and Wellness – not enough resources and / or access to appropriate resources 
  • Employment and Opportunity – challenging place to move to and begin a new life 
  • Leadership – people want to know and connect with the direction and goals of the City
Understanding these aspirations and concerns is essential to TBPL developing community-led and needs-based services. It is clear that TBPL can only meet these needs by working in partnership with a wide range of organizations. The Community Conversations noted above, along with conversations with the Community Action Panel, Youth Advisory Council, Indigenous Advisory Council, Library Board members and Library Staff, identified the primary themes which will form the basis of the TBPL Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023. This plan will be shared with the Community the second quarter of 2019.