Rogers Free Library

Bristol, Rhode Island

There are many ways that the Trustees of the Rogers Free Library and the Friends of the Rogers Free Library (501C3) work together. A significant example of this is in the decision to support (Trustees role) and fund (Friends role) the development of a five year strategic plan for the library.  This process began a few months ago when the Trustees hired a consultant to provide guidance for the process. Kay Ellen Bullard comes to this project with over 30 years of library experience, including serving as an Assistant Director for the Providence Public Library for 16 years.

The strategic planning process will take about seven months, and will be overseen by two committees: The Steering Committee (made up of Trustees, Directors, library leadership and a community representative), and the Community Advisory Committee (made up of 13 community leaders who represent a variety of community demographics including education, business, not-for-profit, and service) and who will serve as conduits to the greater community through the formation of focus groups.  The point is to get as much input as possible, to hear as many voices as we can, and to draw some conclusions about the future of our library.

This will be a lot of work! Why do we think we need to do this?  Because libraries are not what they used to be. They meet varied community needs, and while we believe the Rogers Free Library is doing a very good job, we recognize that there is always room for improvement. A strategic plan will help us to enhance our service in better meeting the needs and wants of our patrons, to anticipate and meet future library trends, to plan for staffing and future budget needs, and to stay relevant in our community.  In short, a strategic plan creates criteria by which decisions are made and serves as a consistent plan for change.

We share this now because there will be multiple opportunities for our patrons and the citizens of Bristol to participate in this process. Please watch for dates for focus group meetings. When our survey is ready, please take some time to complete it (will be offered on our website and hopefully on other town websites as well as hard copy at the library), In May, we will be holding a meeting for the general public… for that date as well.

This is an important process and we need your input!


March 2017