Alabama citizens are being asked to share their views on public libraries by completing an online survey during October and November. Their opinions will help shape the future of the state’s public libraries, said Alabama Public Library Service Director Rebecca Mitchell.
The survey can be taken at any computer with Internet access. Citizens can submit the survey from their home, office or local public library. The survey will be available through November 15. To access it, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/APLSpublic and follow the directions. Mitchell urged citizens to take the survey. “We need input from the public to evaluate current services and to ensure libraries remain a vital part of the community in the future,” she said. APLS will use the information to develop a five-year plan for the state’s public libraries for 2013-2017.
Those who are unable to access the survey online can obtain a printed copy from their public library and mail it to the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252, ATTN: STATE PLAN.
The library wish-list of some citizens was heard at seven meetings held in the summer at locations throughout Alabama. The survey will allow anyone who did not attend a meeting to be heard.
The 2008-2012 plan identified priorities for the state’s public libraries, including reading enhancement for children and young adults, services for the underserved and for people with special needs.