Goals and Objectives

Goal One: The library connects Buda residents to their community

1.1 Raise awareness of the library by:

  • Working closely with the city Public Information Officer (PIO) to distribute information about the library to developers, schools, and newcomers to Buda.
  • In conjunction with the city, develop library materials for a newcomer packet in both physical and electronic formats.
  • Continue or develop communications in social media, newsletter, weekly column in the local newspaper formats; include information about the community as well as the library.
  • Invite HOAs to meet at the library.
  • Host a brown-bag lunch for school officials and librarians twice a year to show off the library’s resources and exchange information about collections and programs.
  • Consider recruiting and deputizing a group of library advocates to represent the library at school literacy events throughout the year.

1.2 Connect Buda residents with their community by:

  • Offering screens in the library, and across the city, with continual information about city and library services and programs.
  • Offering programs that will bring neighbors together to participate in fun and interesting activities.
  • Providing an atmosphere of living room-like, flexible social spaces with lots of easy to find power outlets.
  • Collecting and digitizing Buda’s history.

Goal Two: Expand library services

2.1 A significant new building is already in process. Ensure it contains:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Natural light
  • Areas for formal and informal meetings
  • Areas for programming for adults, teens, and children
  • Enough staff to serve patrons and maintain security in the building during all open hours

2.2 A much expanded collection should be available at the opening of the new building.

  • Purchase an Opening Day collection from a large book distributor.
  • Increase the collection budget and consider regular collection budget increases every other year.
  • Continue the policy of multiple selectors to ensure a highly varied collection.
  • Economize by eliminating the Spanish collection, with the exception of children’s picture books and popular selections; substitute Spanish language classes available as e-resources.

2.3 An expanded list of programs should also be available at the opening of the new building.

  • Invest in more programming staff to ensure program quality remains high.
  • Concentrate on particularly popular topics for classes and programs, such as technology, health & wellness, book clubs, hobby clubs, and art.
  • Leverage new building space, community outreach, and economies of staff by identifying community hobby and book club leaders and organizations with whom to partner.

Goal Three: Ensure the Buda Library remains a welcoming place for all.

3.1 Accessibility can be addressed by:

  • Making sure the building is fully American Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.
  • Considering assistive technology for those who have difficulty walking.
  • Adding Sunday afternoon hours to assist the 80% of the Buda area population that works outside the home.

3.2 Invest in careful new staff selection and training to reinforce the library’s current service model and library atmosphere.

3.3 Make the library a destination by:

  • Highlighting especially attractive portions of the collection.
  • Using programs as a draw for specific portions of the population, e.g. programs for children, tweens, and teens but also hobby groups for women between 45 and 60 or tech classes aimed at adult men.
  • Hosting events, such as concerts or newcomer meet-and-greets, in the library lobby.
  • Contracting with a local coffee shop to deliver fresh coffee and pastries on a regular basis.
  • Using wall space as a rotating art gallery for local artists and school groups.
  • Continuing the development of policies that maximize “yes!”
  • Develop outside space into a garden respite for patrons to enjoy outside activities and reading.

3.4 Keep the new building inviting and welcoming by:

  • Creating a daily, monthly, and annual cleaning spreadsheet.
  • Carefully tracking warranty replacements with a complete review one month prior to warranty end date.
  • Entering into annual cleaning and maintenance contracts for all major building systems including roof, HVAC, flooring, windows, AV equipment, irrigation, etc.
  • Creating a budget spreadsheet for planned replacements at the end of product life, e.g. computers, furniture, AV equipment, carpeting, etc.

Goal Four: Meet the continually evolving technology needs of the Buda community

4.1 Keep the library collection and programs readily accessible by:

  • Continuing to  provide an easy, attractive, up-to-date, and secure online catalog and website.
  • Adding online capabilities for patrons, such as fine-paying, library card and account updates, and text-messaging communications.
  • Providing map links to materials in the catalog.
  • Providing self-check kiosks.
  • Maintaining a strong website and social media presence.
  • Upgrading program reservation software.

4.2 As 80% of patrons will be bringing their own electronic devices to the library, provide:

  • Strong w-fi throughout the building.
  • Easy access to plugs.
  • Wireless connections to library printers.
  • Economize by realizing there will be a finite demand for public computers at the library.

4.3 Reinforce the library’s role as technology hub for the entire by community by:

  • Investing in staff technology training.
  • Offering tech programs and/or classes.
  • Equipping the new visual arts/maker space with machines and software of particular interest to patrons.
  • Equipping class and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art AV.
  • Increasing e-holdings in the collection.