Library Trustees Look at Funding, Community Needs

In the wake of a strategic plan meeting earlier this week, trustees of the Sheridan County Library System anticipate developing a plan of action next month to deal with funding and adapting to changing community needs.

Library Director said those were the two main goals that came out of a meeting Thursday that involved not only the library trustees but members of the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Duff said trustees decided they need to make a request for proposals, called an RFP, for maintenance and structural engineering capabilities of the library facility. Trustees also decided they need to brainstorm more on funding possibilities.

Both the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library provide funds to the library system to supplement what the library receives from the county. But Duff said trustees are considering a discussion on how to broaden funding sources as funds from the county are drying up.

Duff said the problem isn't Sheridan County's alone. He said county money for libraries is drying up across all 23 Wyoming counties.

Duff said the second discussion was how to maintain flexible, well-kept library facilities.

Duff said it's a first step in looking at what the current library facilities have and what the future might hold. He said the idea is to develop a blueprint that the library system can follow moving into the next decade.

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