Strategic Plan Resources

Partner Reports

“Juxtaposition Arts Community Engagement Report.” Imagine Deliver/JXTA and Saint Paul Public Library, June 2018.

“National Public Library Issues & Trends: An environmental scan to support Saint Paul Public Library’s strategic planning process. ”City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Innovation Team, June 2018.

“SPPL 2022 Community Learning Insights.” Imagine Deliver and Saint Paul Public Library, September 2018.

“Strategic Framework 2019-2022.” The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, September 2018.

Strategic Plans Consulted

“Know Your Neighborhood: DC Public Library Strategic Plan 2017-2021.” DC Public Library, 2017.

“MIT Libraries Vision, Mission, and Values.” MIT Libraries, Sept. 2017,

“Now Next: Brooklyn Public Library Strategic Plan 2018”. Brooklyn Public Library, 2017,

“Strategic Plan 2015-2020.” Sonoma County Library Commission, 2015.

“Strategic Plan 2016-2019.” Phoenix Public Library, 2016.

“Strategic Plan and Promise 2016-2019.” Richland Library, 2016,

“Strategic Planning Principles.” St. Louis Public Library, 2017.

“Strategy Development Update.” Saint Paul Public Schools, 2 Feb 2018

“Transitioning to a 21st-century LIbrary: Strategic Plan 2016-2019.” Richland Library, 2016,

“Winnipeg Public Library Strategic Plan 2015-2020.” City of Winnipeg and Winnipeg Public Library, 2015.


Benest, Frank. “Serving Customers or Engaging Citizens? What Is the Future of Local Government?” The Citizen's Handbook, Nov. 1996,

Budds, Diana. “It's Time to Take Back Third Places.” Curbed, Curbed, 31 May 2018

Gates, Theaster. “And Then? Sustainability Through Arts + Culture – Reimagining the Civic Commons – Medium.”, Medium, 24 Feb. 2017,

“Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries.” MIT Libraries, Oct. 2015,

“Key Findings from the 2016 East Metro Pulse Survey.” SPMCF, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, 2016,

“Leadership Brief: Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs.” Urban Libraries Council and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 2018,

“Leadership Brief: Building Connected Communities.” Urban Libraries Council. 2016,

“Leadership Brief: Libraries Leading Civic Engagement.” Urban Libraries Council. 2016,

“Library as Studio: Concept.” Richland Public Library and Margaret Sullivan Studio. 2018.

Mohn, Tanya. “Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 25 Oct. 2013,.

Molaro, Anthony. “Just Whom Do We Serve?” American Libraries Magazine, 28 Mar. 2012,

“More than Language: How a Part-Time Staffer Bridges a Divide.” Multnomah County, 18 May 2016.

Morse, Rick. “Vending Machines or Barn Raising: The Role of Local Government in Community Building.” Community and Economic Development in North Carolina and Beyond, University of North Carolina School of Government, 10 Oct. 2017,

Peet, Lisa. “Saskatoon Library Launches Read for Reconciliation Space.” Library Journal, 15 Jan. 2017.

Peterson, Christopher. “Happy Places: Third Places.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 1 Dec. 2009.

Pundsack, Karen. “Customers or Patrons? How You Look at Your Library's Users Affects Customer Service.” Public Libraries Online, Public Library Association, 2 Mar. 2015,

Spina, Carli. “How Universal Design Will Make Your Library More Inclusive.” School Library Journal, 5 May 2015,

“State of America's Libraries 2018 Executive Summary.” Edited by Kathy S Rosa, American Library Association, 9 Apr. 2018.

Steiner, Andy. “Rooms of Their Own: Trauma-Informed Design Improves Children's Space at People Serving People.” MinnPost, 24 Apr. 2017,

Strong, Bruce A., and Mary Lee Kennedy. “How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library.” Harvard Business Review, 5 Dec. 2016,

 “Trauma-Informed Approach and Trauma-Specific Interventions.” Stages of Community Readiness | SAMHSA, 25 Apr. 2014.

“Universal Design for Learning Guidelines.” UDL: The UDL Guidelines, 31 Aug. 2018,

“Use of the Third Place Policy.” Starbucks Newsroom, 2018.

“What Is Justice?: Crash Course Philosophy #40.” CrashCourse, 19 Dec. 2016,