Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Memphis Public Libraries Accepting Proposals for Strategic Plan

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 2:44 PM

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Proposals for a strategic plan to improve public libraries in Memphis will be accepted through the end of April.

The Memphis Public Libraries (MPL) is accepting request for proposals (RFP) for a strategic plan that will help library leadership better serve the “evolving” needs of customers.

“We are proud to bring private support to the Memphis Public Libraries,” Diane Jalfon, Memphis Library Foundation executive director said. “While the city Of Memphis annual budget covers facilities and staffing, with a small allocation for materials, the Foundation raises private funds to fill the gap and provide critical library enhancements.”

The last time the libraries used a strategic plan was in 2013. As a result, $1.4 million went to the library’s collection budget. The plan also led to the establishment of the Division of Library Services, as well as a redesigned web experience, technology improvements, enhancements to facilities, an increase in library staffing, and extended facility hours.

Strategic plans should focus on outreach, teen services, digital enhancements, and community awareness. Requests can be submitted here through the end of the month.

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