Wasatch County Library
Wasatch County Library

Strategic Plan

Wasatch County Library
Long Range Plan 2017-2019

HeberCommunity Profile:  Wasatch County consists of 1,180 square miles that is centered upon scenic Heber Valley, which is defined by majestic Mt. Timpanogos and the Wasatch Mountains.  The valley is insulated from, yet close to Utah’s metropolitan area, the valley has an esthetic appeal to urbanites.  Immigrants from Park City, Provo/Orem, and even Salt Lake City have moved here to Wasatch County to escape the urban environments within which they work.  Thus, Wasatch County is experiencing exceptional population growth and rapidly becoming a diverse cultural community.

The population of Wasatch County is currently 26,000.  Over 13,000 of the residents are library card holders.  A secondary population is students attending Utah Valley University Wasatch campus in Heber City.  A large percentage of registered library patrons are enrolled in the elementary schools, middle school and high school.  These student-patrons rely extensively on the services the library provides. 

TrainRecreation and tourism are major industries in Wasatch County, with Jordanelle, Deer Creek and Strawberry reservoirs offering great fishing, camping and boating.  The Historic Heber Valley Railroad offers a ride back to a previous era.  Horse shows, cowboy poetry gathering, rodeos, Indian Pow-Wows, car shows, experimental aircraft fly-ins and the Utah State High School Rodeo finals are only a few of the annual events taking place in Wasatch County during the year.  Midway’s annual Swiss Days’ and the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic, an international sheepdog competition, are probably the most popular events. These two events combined continues to break records with thousands of visitors over the Labor Day weekend.  Soldier Hollow is a major cross country Olympic venue. The Dirty Dash, RAGNAR and Jordanelle Triathlon are increasingly popular.

Mission StatementThe Mission of Wasatch County Library is to provide patrons with an expanding collection of resources to improve lives. 

Values and Guiding Principles: Through the library experience patrons will become better informed to enhance their talents and enjoy life more fully.

Vision Statement:  The vision of the Wasatch County Library is to be a community resource and cultural touchstone which informs our community and visitors of how we envision ourselves, our past and our future.

Goals & Objectives / 2017-2019


Policy Development & Evaluation

  • Conduct yearly document reviews to assure policies are updated and current

Budget & Fundraising

  • Support Friends of the Library fundraising efforts
  • Monitor local government funds and actively provide input
  • Pursue grant opportunities
  • Maintain collection recovery services


  • Work closely with architects to assure library expansion meets library and community needs
  • Provide furnishings/seating appropriate for current and anticipated usage and review needs annually
  • Evaluate efficiency of library
  • Assess library grounds and consider improvements with Friends donations and Library Fund Balance
  • Maintain a safe and welcoming environment for staff and patrons
  • Research and implement community events area
  • Expand patron check-out with access upstairs
  • Create collaborative/quiet & private work spaces for teens, students and businesses

Collection Development

  • Continue to purchase current, high-demand, high-interest materials for children, adults, and students
  • Appropriate Development Grant funds to expand targeted collections
  • Increase collection of foreign language books
  • Expand DVD's, CD, and audio books for children and adults
  • Review and update adult nonfiction materials
  • Expand Spanish and Graphic Novel Collections


  • Provide latest on-line access to library catalog through its webpage
  • Offer access to databases and inform community
  • Allow word processing and printing capabilities for patrons
  • Provide wireless Internet access
  • Offer Interlibrary Loan services
  • Offer computer classes to public, including Spanish Outreach
  • Continue subscription services to databases, allowing remote access
  • Expand Partnership with Seniors for Outreach services to homebound through library's OASIS program
  • Outreach to inmates with Book Talks at the Wasatch County Jail
  • Coordinate with Eagle Scouts to provide award opportunities


  • Sponsor a Library Book Club
  • Continue preschool story time
  • Sponsor summer reading program, summer story time and summer workshops
  • Host book talks & author book signings
  • Develop and host film series
  • Continue offering a "Library Book Club"
  • Sponsor story time for Spanish speaking community
  • Maintain "Artist of the Month" Program
  • Encourage expanding adult programs
  • Form a yearly Teen Advisory Board
  • Establish a partnership with state and local arts councils for future programming opportunities
  • Create a Teen & Tween Coding Club and provide Minecraft


  • Review and update current technology and library database system
  • Support staff computer training
  • Update webpage with graphics, links, and community events
  • Provide and acquaint patrons with latest technology
  • Maintain & update all public computers
  • Implement text availability for library patron's notices
  • Offer additional patron check out station upstairs

Staff-Personnel/Trustee Training

  • Continue Uplift certification training for interested staff
  • Encourage ULA conference attendance and membership
  • Plan for workshop attendance sponsored by State Library Division, ALA, ULA, and local government
  • Hire and train additional staff memebers as needed
  • Encourage Trustee Training and ULA/ALA Conference attendance
  • Support staff webinar training

Public Relations

  • Inform community of services and library events through local newspaper articles, flyers, newsletters, radio announcements and Social Media
  • Reach out to local schools, seniors, and Latino population to encourage membership growth
  • Publish and distribute events flyers to schools and library patrons
  • Develop teacher/library relationship with book lists and homework support
  • Publicize upcoming events using latest technology and social media

Adopted by the Wasatch County Library Board May 26, 2017


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