Mar. 16—The Joplin Public Library has established a new strategic plan, and it’s one that centers us, the community, and seeks to broaden our horizons and expand our minds.
The strategic plan, developed by library administrators and the board of trustees, lists core values of respect, relationships, service, kindness and friendliness, inclusion, collaboration and flexibility, and a safe environment. Based on those values, five goals for the library were developed: service, awareness, outreach, inclusion and enrichment.
The library’s mission and vision statements also speak to the direction administrators want to go. The vision: “Our library is a welcoming community where learning and connection grow, and lives are enriched.” The mission: “Our library opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore and have fun.”
“Diverse opportunities” — that…