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2016-2020 Strategic Plan (PDF)
Updated Action Plan for 2019-2020 (PDF)


The Gleason Public Library is beginning work on our next strategic plan (FY2021-2025) in the spring of 2019. If you are interested in helping, please contact Martha Feeney-Patten at The process will include meetings of community representatives, staff, trustees, and Friends of the Library, as well as a community survey.


The Gleason Public Library Board of Trustees began the 2016-2020 Strategic Planning process in the winter of 2014. A committee consisting of community representatives, library staff, and library trustees was assembled. Over the course of two meetings, facilitated by Nancy Rea, former Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the committee identified values, needs, and priorities. After each meeting, the library director presented the committee’s findings to all library
staff and trustees. Library staff and trustees were subsequently given opportunities to propose values, mission revisions, goals, priorities, and actions.

Following the community and staff meetings a survey was developed to gather feedback on current library services, to identify which library services are most important to the Carlisle community, and to gauge interest in a variety of possible new services identified during the initial meetings. The survey was open from July 1st to August 25th and was advertised in the Carlisle Mosquito, on the library’s website, in the library’s e-news, on the library’s lawn marquee, and through word of mouth.

Based on the initial meetings and the results of the survey, a strategic plan for the library was prepared. The final plan was approved by the Library Trustees on September 18, 2014. The approved plan will be submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and shared with the Town of Carlisle in the fall of 2014.

In the fall of each year, the library director will work with the library staff to develop an annual action plan based on the objectives and actions identified in this plan, the previous year’s achievements, and newly identified needs. Each annual action plan will be presented to the library trustees for approval and then submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.