The Bentley Municipal Library is asking the County of Lacombe and Bentley residents for input on the library’s plan of service for the next five years. (Photo submitted)

The Bentley Municipal Library is asking the County of Lacombe and Bentley residents for input on the library’s plan of service for the next five years. (Photo submitted)

Bentley Library seeking community input to determine priorities for upcoming years

The Strategic Plan Survey is available until Nov. 29

The Bentley Municipal Library is asking the County of Lacombe and Bentley residents for input on the library’s plan of service for the next five years.

This managing tool helps to govern at a strategic level and align library services with the community, build support, measure success, and make improvements.

“The Bentley Municipal Library Board is looking for community input for library services so that we may determine priority areas to focus on for our library users and community members for the next five years. Community input could affect decision making by receiving an overwhelming public need, such as different library open hours, an urgent need to deliver library items to those unable to leave their homes or specific items be available from our library,” said library co-managers Vera Boettger and Tammy Izquierdo.

“Public participation encourages citizens to be more engaged in the decision-making processes that have an impact on their local community. Planning helps us tailor services to meet the specific needs of our community.”

This community needs assessment is a “crucial component” of the library’s strategic planning process, stated the library website. The survey began on Nov. 1 and will run until Nov. 29. The survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.com/r/DRCZ79K.

“If anyone in our area would like to have input into possible services or programs in the coming years please fill out a survey that will help us identify our library’s strengths and untapped opportunities, and create a community-centered plan of action.”

Those answering the survey can also sign-up to win a $20.00 gift certificate to The Drop.