OCPL working on New Strategic Plan

The Oconee County Public Library (OCPL) is working on a new strategic plan and wants to hear from the community. On Feb. 22, the community is invited to a meeting at the Walhalla Library to offer suggestions, explains OCPL Director Blair Hinson. “We’re working on a strategic plan. We want to know where we need to go in the next 2-3 years. If you haven’t been to the library in awhile, we’d love to know why. If you are a library user, we’d love to hear from you. We will be trying to get some community leaders involved in this, but we would also just like to involve our users and some of the folks that we know of that maybe don’t come to the library. So, we want to get a good cross section of the community together and we will have it professionally facilitated. We are going try to basically get from people what they would like to see in their community. Maybe it won’t all involve the library but we would love to see what they think this community could be like and then we will get the staff together and see what responses could the library do to answer some of those needs. We have a lot of fun programs and we are doing a lot of fun things now, but we would really love to know 2-3 years from now. I mean a lot of people want to write libraries off, but that is not the case, we really want to try to put ourselves in position to be a center of the community because it is their library. The people of Oconee County pay for this library, we work for them and so, we want to know what they feel like is important in the community.” The community meeting on Feb. 22, will be from 6-9pm and everyone is invited to attend and offer feedback on planning for the future of Oconee County.