Library system wants to book survey input

Online questionnaire designed to gauge future needs of community

Library patrons, such as those who frequent the Coatesville branch, are being asked to provide input on the library system’s future operations.

Library patrons, such as those who frequent the Coatesville branch, are being asked to provide input on the library system’s future operations.

With an eye toward the future, the Chester County Library System (CCLS) and its 16 member libraries are reaching out to the community for help to guide the development of its strategic plan.

CCLS is inviting community members to participate in an online survey.  Responses will help shape the future of public libraries in Chester County and help ensure that CCLS makes the best choices to meet the community’s need.

The survey, which will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and run through Feb. 12, will be available at www.ccls.org.

“Libraries are much more than places to find information, though we still serve that essential purpose.  We are also 21st century gathering places, where people connect and can use online resources and current technology to improve their education and enhance their job skills so they can contribute effectively to their community, “ said Joseph Sherwood, executive director of CCLS.  “As stewards of public resources in a time of changing economic realities, we understand how important it is to embrace innovation in many forms and to align our services to best meet the pressing needs in our community.”

The Chester County Library System has retained Capacity for Change, a locally-based, strategy consulting firm to facilitate the system’s planning process.  The plan will serve as a blueprint and guide to help the member libraries provide exceptional value and service to library users, communities and organizations throughout Chester County.

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