To Develop a Plan for a 21st Century Library System in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe is a vibrant city and county – diverse in culture, people, geography, and experiences. The City—New Mexico’s State Capital—has been a hub for tourism for years, based on its cultural diversity and heritage, history, architecture, arts, food, and outdoor recreation. The Santa Fe Public Library (SFPL) provides critical resources and spaces to support the educational, economic, recreational, and creative needs of citizens in the region. Significant economic, educational and literacy disparities exist throughout our community and SFPL is a powerful force against this inequality. A library is one of the few publicly funded enterprises which actually provide for everyone, not just a targeted demographic.
The City of Santa Fe seeks to engage a consulting firm with expertise in 21st century public library systems to assist our community in developing a vision for library services based on community needs and input, and to develop a strategic plan with recommendations including service delivery, programming, partnerships, and facilities. The plan should also address organizational issues that include the relation of SFPL to other regional libraries, the service delivery area, and long-term fiscal sustainability.
CONTEXT FOR PROJECT
Santa Fe’s last effort to create a strategic plan for SFPL occurred in 1998-9. Changes in community demographics and usage patterns, including issues with aging facilities and financial challenges, coupled with national innovations in library service delivery and new thinking about the role of libraries in communities make this an opportune time to take a strategic approach to re-invention to ensure that the Library is positioned to meet community needs into the future.