MHPL Is Asking Questions In 2024!

Community Needs Assessment will help determine how we can help the community
Posted on 27 May 2024 by Chris Brown.

The Medicine Hat Public Library Board is working on a new Plan of Service that will define the library’s priorities and planned activities over the next several years.

Under the province's Libraries Act, Alberta libraries are required to complete a Plan of Service every five years. Our current Plan of Service covers 2021-2025 and this new one will be completed early in 2025.

The library is talking to Hatters in 2024 to assess the community’s needs and determine what the library should do in response to those local needs. Library Board members and staff will be asking questions and doing research to determine:

  • What is going on in Medicine Hat these days? What is needed locally for the community and residents to thrive? What can the library do to meet those local needs?
  • What is the library doing well? What is missing from library services?
  • What barriers to accessing services are keeping residents out of the library? How can we provide useful services to non-users?
  • What should the library do to improve services over the next few years?

Once our survey is online, we'll add a link to this post and ask that you please take a few moments to complete it. Your ideas, insight and perspectives will be invaluable as we plan the future of the library and strive to meet the needs of our community. As a bonus, everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a draw for a prize pack that includes gift cards to downtown businesses and library merchandise. 

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