2018 brings new opportunities for the library

By Deb Cryderman, Camrose Canadian Lifestyles Contributor

January is resolution time and the library has books that will help you with your resolution to be your best self. However, rather than thinking of a way to change yourself (because we like you just the way you are!), why not think of the new year as an opportunity to try new things? That is the Camrose Public Library’s plan for 2018.  


We are tackling our plan of service this year, with the goal of ending the year with a plan to serve you better for the next five years. We hope to set the stage to thrive as a community-centred institution. Like diet and exercise advice, we know that a one-size-fits-all service will not properly serve every member of our community. Here are some of our promises to you as we try on 2018 for size: 

• We will not be just about information. Certainly, we have information, and we are here to make sure you can access information about anything you need, but our primary focus is on our community. We feed kids, help people find jobs, collaborate with local organizations, and find other ways to help our community grow and thrive. 

• We will not just worry about trends. The next latest library trend may not be the right fit for Camrose. Instead, we will be thoughtful in assessing our community to discover creative ways to serve you.  

• We will survey you, but not to death. Surveys are a great way to gather feedback, but we want to have conversations with you. We will continue to serve on committees and partner with other organizations, to imbed ourselves in the community to develop a view of what the needs and interests are of the people in and around Camrose. And of course, we hope you will talk to us! 

• Our staff will have vision, not just skills. Skills are important, but we want to ensure that our staff believe in the mission and vision of the library, that they will be flexible, and that they will believe in the philosophy of libraries. 

• We will connect with you through our programs. Our staff will be part of a team that are willing and eager to participate in activities that will help connect you to technology, information, or a new skill. Programs will happen at a variety of times so it fits with your schedule. 

• We will learn new skills, sometimes alongside you. Professional development does not have to be a library skill, but can be a community skill, something that our staff can then pass along to you. 

• We will help you learn about your community. Our community, both the city and the surrounding area, are filled with talented people with so much to share. We will facilitate connections, share our diversity, and give your opportunities to learn new things with people who are your neighbours. 

• We will be advocates. If your organization would like to hear from the library, please let us know and we will arrange to have someone visit you and share the library’s story. Our staff can do the library work in places that are not tied to this building, so look for us at the next service club meeting, on the Book Bike, on the Life Cycle, or at the Farmer’s Market. 

• We will not rest on our laurels. Even if our library is doing wonderful things and helping to change people’s lives, we will not be satisfied with where we are today. We want to go further, do better, and do more. We will think critically of how we are serving you and look for ways to improve. 

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. 
Library hours: 

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The library is closed all weekend days of statutory holidays.  

 Deb Cryderman is the Director of the Camrose Public Library. When she isn’t at the library, she can be found chasing her border collie puppy around the city’s walking trails. Her New Year’s resolution is to get more sleep and to spend more time knitting. 


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