Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave. | File

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library officials are starting off a long-range planning effort by asking community members to complete an online survey, which asks how they use the library now and may use it in the future, to rate their interactions with staff and provide input on services and technology now and for the future.

The 18-question survey can be completed anonymously, but anyone providing contact information will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100 gift cards. According to a press release issued by the library, “responses will remain anonymous and kept separate from any identifying information.”

Those completing the survey also have the option of volunteering to participate in future community listening sessions to be held during the long-range planning process.

The survey can be found on the library’s website at

In August, the library’s board of trustees voted unanimously to award a $17,500 consulting contract to Sarah Keister Armstrong and Associates to lead the strategic planning process.

According to the firm’s proposal, the planning effort begins with a data collection effort that includes interviews with elected officials, the survey and focus groups with “key constituents,” such as families with children, older adults, teens and library volunteers. 

The company will prepare a report of those findings in November, when the focus will shift to drafting the strategic plan, which will serve as the institution’s roadmap for the next five years.

Consultants will facilitate a pair of planning sessions for elected officials and staff that will take place between November and February. The library board is slated to adopt the final strategic plan next March.

The goal of the process, according to the consultant’s proposal, is “to identify and plan for early actionable steps and to develop a foundation by which metrics and outcomes can be regularly evaluated throughout the duration of the strategic plan.”