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Halikias: New Year’s goals at the Lisle Library

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 2:31 p.m. CDT
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Shannon Halikias

New Year's is always a time when we make resolutions about how we would like to improve our lives, from health to careers, to family time, hobbies and so on.  

How many of us have said, “I resolve to (insert lofty goal here)!” The problem with lofty, far-fetched goals is that they easily fall to the wayside because they seem intimidating.   

At the Lisle Library District, we recently crossed the two-year mark of working to achieve the goals detailed in our strategic plan for 2011-16.

At the library, our goals are mighty as we continue to strive for success in five key areas: Collection and Resources, Space and Place, Technology, Professional Development and Public Relations.

However, as I prepare an update to assess how we are doing, I have indeed been amazed at the progress we have made in two years; we have made the lofty quite concrete.

Over two years, we have divided up our major goals into segments, worked to identify a yearly plan to meet them and then gauged our projects quarterly. We hope our progress has been evident to our patrons with new technology, the Connection Desk, in our outreach and partnership in the community, physical space improvements and rejuvenated programming. And there is more to come.

In early 2014, we are proud to launch a new lislelibrary.org. Following our theme of “Connections,” the new and improved site will allow for easier access to the library catalogue, online resources, events and account access.   

Making your own successful plan for meeting goals can be a rewarding learning process.  I encourage our community to introduce and maintain the library to your own information ecosystem supporting both of your short term and lifelong goals.

Our resources may help you meet the immediate: better eating habits, on the job skills, or a new hobby, while working on the lifelong goals such as digital literacy, family literacy, stronger employment, a second language, or continuing education.   

If you need help finding motivational or organizational materials to help you get started on your goals, we have you covered there, too. 

Check us out in the New Year. We hope regular library visits for materials, resources and cultural enrichment hit the short and long list for your life.   

Shannon Halikias is executive director of the Lisle Public Library.

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