We Need You!

As you probably know by now, we are beginning a Strategic Planning Initiative. (It's been in the newspapers. It's been running on the Library's homepage. I've mentioned it several times in Connections.) The Strategic Plan is designed to spell out the Library's plans on how to best meet expressed community needs over the next three years.

And guess what?
We would love it if you would tell us what you would like to see regarding library programs and services.

Option A: You can tell us what you need from your library by completing the online survey.

Option B: You can tell us what you need from your library by offering to serve on one of our Focus Group panels.

Jan O'Rourke, the Library's Assistant Director, is in charge of the Strategic Planning process. She's trying to give community members ample opportunities to participate by holding sessions at 5 different locations, on different days of the week -- including a Saturday and a Sunday -- and at different times of the day: mornings, mid-afternoon, and evening.

You can sign up for any of the Focus Groups. You do not have to be a customer at the branch where the session is being held. Because your Beaufort County Library card "works" at all branch locations, your opinion about the "Beaufort County Library" works at all branch locations. Thus, you are not tied to participating only in the Focus Group of your usual and customary branch library.

For example, Let's say: You live in Garden's Corner, but work on Hilton Head Island. If you want to participate in an evening focus group at a southern Beaufort County Library location, please offer to participate in the Monday evening session at Hilton Head Branch Library which runs 6 - 8pm.

If you would like to participate in one of our Focus Groups listed below, please sign up with our Assistant Library Director! One session will be held at each of the "regular" Branch Libraries:

  • March 6th @ St. Helena Branch Library, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • March 7th @ Bluffton Branch Library, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • March 8th @ Hilton Head Branch Library , 6: 00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • March 10th @ Beaufort Branch Library, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • March 13th @ Lobeco Branch Library, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Please call Jan O’Rourke, Assistant Director of Libraries @ 470-6509 or email her at jorourke@bcgov.net to secure your place in a Focus Group.

Of course, I would appreciate it if you can speak up for enduring value of the programs and services provided by the BDC. However, you might not see things the way I do. And, if you don't, as painful as that might be, the Library needs to know. Please let your opinion be heard!

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.