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Posts by Rick Walker, Manager of Library Services

What We Heard: your priorities for libraries

We heard a lot! Over 5,200 people provided input and ideas that are helping to shape the future of our library system. Thank you!

infographic_thumb_longTo see a high-level summary of what we heard from the community, take a minute to read through our “What We Heard” infographic, which provides a graphic visualization of our feedback results. A printable version of the infographic is also available.

The questions we asked fell into four key themes: Collections for All Ages, Space & Service Delivery, Programs for all Ages, and Social & Community Role of the Library.

We asked you to tell us which collections are priorities for funding allocation, and the print book collection is by far the most important collection. Not surprisingly, though books are still number one, eBooks, movies, music and online information are also important collections you want us to continue to support. This information will help shape our collection development goals moving forward and ensure that the library remains a place of literacy and lifelong learning.

We asked you to tell us about our physical spaces and the services we deliver. You told us you wanted increased hours of operation including longer daily hours and libraries that are open additional days of the week. Within our libraries you value the services provided by expert staff, the changes we are making to our online catalogue, the leisure and study space, the quiet spaces and areas of reflection, outdoor space, and collaborative learning spaces that make our libraries vital hubs of community connections.

When asked about Programs for All Ages you told us we should focus first on children and families as building blocks of a strong community. However, almost as important was the need for continued lifelong learning for adults and seniors; and as technology continues to change, you want us to continue to offer more workshops on the use of computers and other technologies so that our libraries remain a centre of information access.
Finally, we asked you to tell us what the library should focus on for community and social priorities. You told us that creating welcoming and accessible environments for lifelong learning and early literacy was a high priority.

Using this feedback, we are now working on our new Strategic Plan’s goals and priorities. We’ll share that work with you in the new year.

Rick Walker,
Manager of Library Services

We’ve reached our goal – thanks to you!

Good news! The Library has received over 5,000 surveys from the public with many great ideas to help shape the future of Winnipeg Public Library. This is a significant accomplishment and remarkable level of community input. We could not have done it without the help of our staff, our ambassadors and you, our public supporters.

While the survey phase of this process is now closed, the consultants are working hard to analyze all the comments and ideas we received. Later this fall we will get back to you with our initial plans and recommendations to ensure we are heading in the right direction.

Thank you!

Rick Walker
Manager, Library Services

Inspiring Ideas

Welcome to our Inspiring Ideas website.

Winnipeg Public Library has embarked on an ambitious new strategic planning process to help shape the future of our public library service for the residents of Winnipeg.

Public libraries are operating in a period of great transformation. Libraries are reinventing their roles in the community to respond to the changing needs of library users. Digital material is becoming larger parts of our collections, programming is expanding to meet more diverse needs of the community, and our physical spaces are becoming more collaborative and accessible.

Our five-year Strategic Plan will help guide Winnipeg Public Library through that changing landscape of new library trends and ideas and ensure that the decisions we make are grounded in thoughts of the community.
Over the next couple months we will be asking for your help in that process.

What are your inspiring Ideas? Fill out our survey. Attend one of our public events. Spread the word about our process to your friends and family.

Whether you are currently a library user, or have yet to use the services of the library, we want to hear from you.

Get involved. Share your ideas and help shape the future of Winnipeg Public Library!

Rick Walker
Manager, Library Services