Salem Public Library
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Salem, OR 97301


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Salem Public Library Strategic Plan

Salem Public Library has begun work on a five-year strategic plan, which will serve the library through the year 2026. The strategic plan will provide direction for the library and will inform how the library serves the changing needs of our community.

About the Salem Public Library Strategic Plan

In December 2020, the City of Salem sought proposals for a comprehensive strategic planning process to guide Salem Public Library operations for the next five years in support of the Library's mission and core values. The Portland-based Coraggio Group was selected to develop the Library Strategic Plan through a comprehensive planning process to include a situation assessment and review of best practices.

The strategic plan will consider:

  • Equitable access to the Library building,
  • Services beyond the building to reach more of Salem,
  • The purpose of the collection and collection development policy, and
  • The context of community need and organizational capacity at the Library and within the City organization.

The strategic plan will be easily adaptable and nimble enough to be reviewed often: where progress on goals and objectives is tracked and measured annually, and where all budget and service decisions are traced to the goals of the strategic plan.

Next Steps

Schedule. The “Get Focused” phase of the Strategic Planning process has begun. To observe upcoming meetings:

Implementation Roadmap Work Session

TBD - October/November

Who's involved? To support this scope of work and desired engagement within our community, the Mayor appointed a steering committee of elected and appointed officials including Council members and various City Board Members and Commissioners. The Steering Committee will serve as a sounding board at key milestones and decision points.

How can I provide input? There will be many opportunities for you to provide input and insight into the Library Strategic Plan. You can get more information through our website, by following us on Facebook, and by signing up for Library email notifications.


Library Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Revisions Session
1-4 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 | On Zoom

Full meeting agenda

Planning Session 4 Recording - Access Passcode: Xs1b*0D0

Slide Deck from Revisions Session - To review approved wording for the Vision, Mission, Values, and each of the five Imperatives, go to the following pages: 10, 13, 20, 23, 25, 27, & 30


Library Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Planning Session 3
2-5 p.m. Wednesday, September 7 | On Zoom

Full Meeting Agenda

Planning Session 3 Recording - Access Passcode: Wgv.5pg=


Library Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Planning Session 
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022 | On Zoom

Full Meeting Agenda

Planning Session 2 Recording - Access Passcode: i?0nS53s


Library Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Planning Session 1
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | On Zoom

Full meeting agenda

Planning Session 1 Slides

Planning Session 1 Recording - Access Passcode: EdFu0c+d


Planning Clarity Retreat
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 | Anderson Rooms A&B at Salem Public Library

Full meeting agenda

Planning Clarity Presentation

Meeting photos and notes


Insight Report Review Session
9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | On Zoom

Full meeting agenda

Strategic Plan: Situation Assessment Report

Meeting Recording