Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan
Mt. Lebanon Public Library, located in a community that aspires to be safe, welcoming, connected, and dynamic, offers MORE: learning, laughter, exploration, and empowerment.
Mt Lebanon Public Library (MLPL) will provide for all patrons an inclusive, welcoming environment of intellectual enrichment, creativity and enjoyment, and a forum to exchange ideas by providing top-tier programs, materials, services, and community support.
- PROGRAMS: To provide program participants of all ages with culturally rich, broadly representative and authentic programs by presenters that represent the diversity of our community and world.
- MATERIALS: To provide robust, dynamic collections of physical and electronic resources from diverse perspectives and voices that meet the needs of today’s patrons, from young children to seniors. To provide access to up-to-date technology resources and to educate patrons in their use.
- SERVICE: To build a dedicated, informed team of library staff members who will create a welcoming and inclusive environment based on mutual respect, honesty, and accountability. To provide safe and accessible physical and virtual spaces that meets the needs of our patrons.
- COMMUNITY: To support our community through partnerships with civic groups and organizations and involvement in local events. To actively work with schools and learning institutions. To consciously promote inclusion and equitable treatment of all patrons, volunteers, and staff members. To work with community schools, partners, and other entities to encourage diversity within the community.
After emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, the Library Board and staff recognized the need to move the library forward deliberately, in order to continue to provide amazing library service in a changed environment. Library Director Robyn Vittek spearheaded the process to create a strategic plan. Each part of the plan was carefully considered by all parties involved in a collaborative effort. The collaborators sought feedback about library trends and initiatives from other library directors and key stakeholders, incorporated feedback from the library’s Harwood Institute Community Conversations, and participated in exercises to determine shared values and training needs. They created a new vision and mission statement as well as SMART strategic actions to realize the library’s mission. Emphasis was given to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion, green practices, and improved communication with community partners.
The board will review the plan twice yearly to celebrate accomplishments, add new actions, and ensure relevance. After months of work with input from the entire staff, the Board of Trustees, and Municipal Manager Keith McGill, the Board approved the strategic plan on June 15, 2021. Board President Evan Jones and Robyn Vittek presented the plan to the Mt. Lebanon Commissioners on June 22, 2021.
Many thanks to the following collaborators:
Library Administration Team: Robyn Vittek, Sharon Bruni, Jeremy White, Nick Kish
Library Board of Trustees
Library Board Commission Liaison Leeann Foster
Municipal Manager Keith McGill
Assistant Municipal Manager Ian McMeans
Consultant Rex Gatto of Gatto Associates LLC
Friends of the Mt. Lebanon Library Board President Susan Tracey