Timing

The completion of the new library building, currently projected for Spring 2018, dictates that most of the strategies and expenses outlined above be put into place by FY 2018.

Naturally there will be a great deal of discussion, curiosity, and enthusiasm as the building nears completion. Buda area residents will expect to visit the new library at least once in the months immediately following its opening. At that time they will expect to see a bright new space, a plethora of new materials, and a host of new or expanded services and programs. If those expectations are not met during that first visit, it will be very difficult to draw them back again.

Accordingly, it will be necessary to fund and train staff and to have a substantial opening day collection in place by the time the building opens. This is a significant expense but it represents an investment that will ensure  not only a warm welcome for the new building but that the library will be used efficiently and effectively for years to come.

FY 2017

  • Focus on strengthening communications to provide ongoing information about the library throughout the community; involve the Friends.
  • Update technology to allow (but not require) online fine paying, library card updates, and text-messaging.
  • Arrange for an opening day collection.
  • Discuss and resolve any space-naming issues for the new building.
  • Decide on the format and equipment for the Visual Arts/Maker Space area.
  • Begin planning for new programs in the new building.
  • Update policies and procedures to include the new building.
  • Begin development of a long-term organization growth chart.

FY 2018

  • Continue community communications.
  • Hire and train new staff members to Buda Library standards.
  • Become familiar with and able to train others on new building equipment.
  • Develop an additional series of programs, with the goal of reaching 350 per year.
  • Continue to carefully select an excellent collection of items, on a much larger scale.
  • Move into the new building.
  • Open Sunday hours.
  • Update technologies to include people counter with heat mapping, material map location buttons in the catalog, wireless printer access, easier program reservations, screens with visual program communications, etc.
  • Finalize policies and procedures to include the new building.
  • Welcome the community to the new building with a Grand Opening.

FY 2019

  • Continue community communications.
  • With the expiration of many of the building’s warranties, this is the year to start setting up annual inspection and maintenance contracts for the library’s major systems, e.g. roof, HVAC, AV, etc.
  • Develop an additional series of programs, with the goal of reaching 500 per year.
  • Continue careful selection of collection materials.
  • Assess library technologies, both old and new.
  • Refresh policies and procedures.

FY 2020

  • Continue community communications.
  • Develop an additional series of programs, with the goal of reaching 600 per year.
  • Continue careful selection of collection materials.
  • Refresh policies and procedures.
  • Revisit the long term organization growth chart.
  • Consider a significant new project at least every other year such as a reading garden or a digital history archive.

FY 2021

  • Continue community communications.
  • Continue to develop library programs.
  • Continue careful selection of collection materials.
  • Assess library technologies both old and new.
  • Refresh policies and procedures