Analysis of PLP Strategic Workshop/Findings

A Message from Susan Hildreth, PLP CEO:

Thank you all for your participation in the PLP strategic workshop sessions this fall. We have provided for your information the summary report of these meetings. There is detailed information included in this report which provides much background for the findings. I would encourage you to closely review pages 3-6.  Click here for the report.

I saw PLP values and priorities in the “Patterns and Themes” section:

• Innovation
• Intentional collaboration in providing services and access to content
• Investment priorities – staff development, marketing skills, making and demonstrating program and service impact

“Service Ideas” are not surprising and provide a clear roadmap for activities:

• Continued professional development and leadership training
• Development of a robust knowledge platform to share best practices and provide opportunity for effective communication
• Provision of direct professional services (non-English language acquisition and processing) to members as well as access to consultants for specialized services through PLP contracts

The following initiatives were deemed high priorities in both the workshops and the follow-up survey:

• Staff Training and Professional Development
• Knowledge Platform/Document Repository
• Data Analytics Platform
• Regional and Local Needs Assessment
• Shared E-resource Search Platform for Convenient Access
• Models for Community Engagement
• Access to Professional Expertise/Consultants
• Future Library Organizational Model

The report identified strategies to move forward including identifying simpler initiatives (low-hanging fruit) to demonstrate success/value; building on existing services and technologies to leverage more value for all and facilitating leadership teams from PLP to develop more complex initiatives.
These findings were presented to the PLP Executive Committee for their consideration at their January 21, 2016 meeting. We will be following up to develop short and long-term goals and action steps. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or feedback.

Part-Time Librarian – City of Sunnyvale

Part-Time Librarian

Salary: $30.10 – $38.42 Hourly

The City of Sunnyvale is looking for a Part-Time Librarian to work in their Children/Teens Division.  You will assist them by providing information, reference and reader’s advisory services, assisting patrons in locating, selecting and using materials, and planning and conducting programs on topics that include but are not limited to: computer applications, literature, book discussions, science, business and other topics of interest to the community.  The position requires a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.

The City of Sunnyvale provides an excellent benefits package. The position opens February 1, 2016 and final filing date is February 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm. If you are customer service focused and enjoy working with children and teens in a team environment, please visit and complete an application and supplemental questionnaire.

Announcing the PLP Grant Program for 2015-16!

The PLP Executive Committee is pleased to announce another round of the very popular and successful PLP Grants. Attached please find the informational sheet, application cover sheet, and two separate grant applications. This year, in additional to the customary Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grants, there is a new category for those libraries seeking funding to replicate a previously successful grant. Details are provided in the informational cover sheet.

All grant applications are due by Friday, October 30, 2015.

Announcement and Grant Form

Please contact me with any questions.

Terry Jackson
PLP Special Projects Consultant

Pacific Library Partnership Strategic Planning Session

Please come and lend your voice to these important conversations and help shape the future of your library system, the Pacific Library Partnership!

PLP is convening three regional sessions with leadership from member libraries to identify how the system can deliver services that are of the best and highest value to our members. We aspire to enable our libraries to improve operational efficiencies, offer new and improved services to your communities and support your priorities as effectively as we can!

We’ll collaboratively:
• explore current needs and critical issues
• discover opportunities for PLP to meet those needs through existing or new initiatives, and
• prioritize initiatives that have the most potential benefit for our members

To reach the widest audience possible, the sessions will be followed up by a survey that leadership can use to provide further thoughts, and hopefully will distribute to staff in their libraries to expand the conversation. From this collaborative process, we will share a findings report that summarizes all facilitated discussions and survey responses, as well as identifies strategies and recommendations for moving forward.

We encourage all of our member libraries to participate. We welcome Directors, library management and all those who have a vested interest in shaping the future of PLP.

The workshop will be conducted in three locations within the system to provide ample opportunity for maximum participation. All three sessions will be facilitated by Sam McBane Mulford and Cheryl Gould. The workshops will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes lunch and light refreshments.

Please click on the link below to register for one of the three workshops:

Monday, October 5th Los Gatos Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday October 6th Millbrae Library (San Mateo County Library)

Wednesday, October 7th Oakland Public Main Library

The Future of Libraries 11.0

Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 11.0:
Engaging Community: the Participatory Library

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 11.0 is the latest in an ongoing annual series of conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in the library world today  This year’s theme will be Engaging Community: the Participatory Library

Details at:

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