RPL Policy 1.2
The mission of Rockford Public Library is to enhance community life and development by informing, educating, entertaining, and providing cultural enrichment to all people of all ages and by continuously collecting information to address the diverse interests of our dynamic community.
The immediate work of Rockford Public Library is to adapt to the
changing needs of patrons by: renovating and locating facilities
to assure easy access, convenience, comfort, and security; updating
materials; enhancing services; expanding programming, maintaining
high levels of staffing excellence; maximizing utilization of
technology; communicating effectively, and securing funding consistent
with our commitment to excellence.
Rockford Public Library will aggressively seek fresh new materials
in new and traditional forms, will develop new programming, and
will increase programming diversity consistent with current and
anticipated needs of the community we serve. We will make certain
that branches in all areas of the city meet patrons’ expectation
of high standards and will undertake Main Library reconfiguration
and renovation to strengthen that facility’s position as
a major cultural center of downtown Rockford.
Rockford Public Library will strive to form alliances with area
civic, cultural, and educational groups to increase mutually beneficial
awareness and utilization of Library facilities and service. To
assure continuation of a high level of satisfactory service for
all patrons, retaining, recruiting, and providing continuing education
for Library staff will remain a high priority.
Rockford Public Library will continue to implement and improve
utilization of technology to enhance Library operations and patron
services at all levels. We will develop an internal and external
communications program to maximize public understanding and awareness
of the Library as a resource for continuing personal growth and
professional enrichment for all members of the community.
To assure adequate funding for maintaining and expanding services,
Rockford Public Library will develop a strategic funding plan to
include securing necessary resources from every available funding
Understanding: We base what we do on the needs of our community
of library users.
Commitment: We recruit, hire and reward staff committed to excellence.
Empowerment: We will strive to be committed to staff development
Respect: We are committed to fair, honest and respectful treatment
Community: We affirm the value of humor and community in the workplace.
Service: We are committed to providing outstanding service to our
users and one another in all areas.
Stewardship: We continuously improve our service through responsible
stewardship of our resources.