Earlier this year, more than 200 residents, local leaders weighed in on what they want from their libraries, ranging from easy mobile access of library services to more workforce training options.
A group that includes two library board members, seven employees from the Johnson County Public Library system and community members have sorted through requests and ideas from interviews with local residents, government, school and business officials and workers. Based on what they learned through those interviews and national trends, new services such as 3-D printing, educational play areas for children and video conferencing for businesses are part of a new vision for the future.
The group is now using those interviews to form a plan for what services the library should offer. They are narrowing their focus to nine specific areas, including social services and supporting local schools, that will be used in the new plan expected to be finalized by the end of the year. By state law, the library must regularly create five-year plans to continue getting state funding.