Madison Public Library Invites Community Input for Strategic Planning

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posted August 24, 2023 – 5:51 pm

Madison Public Library leadership seeks community input through September 30 to develop a three-year strategic plan for library services. Community members can participate in one of two ways:

  • Complete a short, 11-minute survey through September 30, online or at any Madison Public Library.
  • Attend a 90-minute virtual feedback session, September 20, 12-1:30pm

Links to both survey and virtual feedback session are at 

“Public input is so essential to helping us create a plan that ensures library services, collections and programs meet a variety of diverse community needs, now and in the future,” said Greg Mickells, Library Director. “We encourage everyone – from daily library users to those who’ve never set foot in our libraries – to share what’s important to them through this quick survey or by participating with folks across the city through the virtual feedback session.”

Madison Public Library has partnered with The Care Plan to guide the strategic planning process. Survey and virtual feedback session information will be anonymized and summarized, along with staff feedback, library use data, and larger national trends, to create a strategic plan that will guide library service priorities for the next three years. The final strategic plan will be shared with the public in winter of 2023.

“As our community grows and changes, expectations of libraries grow and change, too. We want to be sure we continue to support all the different user groups in our community,” said Tana Elias, Digital Services & Marketing Manager. “We’ll celebrate the library’s 150th anniversary in 2025, and this plan will help set the stage for Madison libraries to evolve and serve more residents while honoring the legacy and standard of library service that so many Madisonians enjoy today.”

“The Madison Public Library Foundation was pleased to lend our financial support to this important endeavor,” said Conor Moran, Executive Director of the Madison Public Library Foundation. “As we look forward to how our organization supports Madison’s libraries, community input provides valuable feedback in shaping the library’s priorities for service.”

More information – and links to the short survey as well as the virtual feedback session – are at 

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