In the fall of 2018, we invited people throughout Alameda County to share their hopes, dreams, and desires for their families, communities, and the future of our library.
To capture feedback, we:
Thank you! Your feedback has shaped the heart of the library’s new five-year strategic plan and sets a new path forward for our library!
In response to your feedback, this is what we’ve done and are doing to improve in the areas where we scored the lowest.
You asked for a more user-friendly catalog.
We’re happy to announce that we have a new online library catalog that makes it easier to search, borrow, and find the titles you are looking for. It also offers some exciting features to connect with a community of readers online! You can post comments, rate books, create reading lists, and find reading recommendations from others.
You said that it’s difficult to print at our libraries.
We are working to create a new computer environment that will make printing easier at our libraries. We’ll be piloting a new printing system starting at San Lorenzo when libraries reopen and it will be available at all libraries in 2021.
Thanks to your feedback, we developed new mission and vision statements and four strategic areas of exploration.
We Grow Learners, Break Barriers, Build Futures
Kind, Connected Humans
Innovation and Cultivation
Innovation is the ability of humans to continuously create their desired future. Innovation is something innate to all people, it is about creation, and it is about cultivating a better future—however each person defines that.
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Equity is a recognition that not everyone has been afforded the same resources, and a commitment to work to remedy this fact. Authentic equality requires conscientious and intentional acts of equity, diversity and inclusion. At AC Library, we commit to honest conversations, and adapting and changing as individuals and as an organization.
Community is built on the connection between individuals, public institutions, and local organizations. Engaged and informed decision-making requires ongoing communication…and we need everyone’s voices. Widespread, active participation in civic life makes everyone safer and stronger.
Healthy Families, Healthy Homes
Life successes are connected to healthy homes, family support, and kind, connected communities. The path to success starts in infancy and grows throughout a person’s life. Access to secure housing and food, early childhood education, and family literacy build the foundation for a healthy world.