The Next Chapter
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Johnson County Public Library has begun planning for the next chapter of library services at your branches.
How is the library planning for the future?
The library board and staff has begun a state-mandated master plan. Jeanne Farah with Excelleration is leading a High Energy Plan process that will set out goals for the library's services, programs and facilities through 2020.
VIEW THE HIGH ENERGY PLAN SUMMARY
Will the public have input on the next master plan?
Yes. The library board held four public input sessions to hear ideas and to listen to the community. Also, the High Energy Plan process includes interviews with community stakeholders and a master plan review by the public. You also can send an email to the board with your ideas.
SEND US AN EMAIL
How does this High Energy Plan work?
HEP is contextual. It brings together the board, staff and the public and helps them research library trends and community needs. The process is conducted in the spirit of public service and with the commitment of our democratic society to free and equal access to information.
VIEW THE HEP PROCESS
How can the public follow updates on the High Energy Plan?
A special website, WWW.JCPLNEXTCHAPTER.COM has regular updates about the planning process. Also, you can sign up to receive email updates. SIGN UP HERE. You also can attend regular board meetings where library officials will provide the board updates on the project.
VIEW LIBRARY BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
What is the current debt of the Johnson County Public Library district?
The Johnson County Public Library district has no debt at this time.
How can I view the current library master plan?
The High Energy Plan 2008-2013 is available on this website.
VIEW THE PLAN
Who uses libraries these days?
Visitation and circulation per capita have both increased in public libraries over the past 10 years, according to the American Library Association. Per capita visitation increased 5 percent from the prior year. Visitation and circulation were highest in suburban public libraries.
VIEW 2011 NATIONAL STATISTICS ON LIBRARY USAGE
What impact does a library have on the local economy?
A national study by the Urban Library Council in 2007 found that for every $1 spent on a local library, a community receives $2.38 in return in economic benefits. A study published by Indiana University states that Indiana's libraries generate $216 million in economic activities annually and create 7,000 jobs.
VIEW ECONOMIC IMPACT DATA
What is the value of a library compared to other government services?
Libraries are the centerpieces of life-long learning for citizens. They are the Third Place, where you feel a sense of belonging and everyone knows your name. For many, libraries are the sole avenue of information, learning, recreation and access to the Internet.