On November 15, 2005, the SPL Board approved a new Vision Statement for the Library as well a new Mission Statement and Values which we at the Library embrace. They are as follows:
Through our response to their needs and the space we provide, every member of the public will recognize SPL as an essential resource for personal aspirations and community development.
The Stratford Public Library is a community-owned organization committed to the open provision of library resources and services that will enhance personal and community quality of life.
Every individual in the community, regardless of age or ability will be encouraged to receive, and will have access to, open provision of library resources.
Community organizations and associations will have access to open provision of library resources and will be encouraged to work together with the Library in pursuit of common objectives.
The community will be served by a library facility that enables and enriches the open provision of library resources and services in order to enrich personal and community quality of life.
The community will benefit from a library (including staff, board and associate groups) that has transformed itself into a learning organization that will respond to the needs of the community.
The Values we embrace
The following values guide our decision making, our relationships with staff and volunteers, and our service to our community:
We are committed to intellectual freedom and freedom of access
We treat all persons with dignity, respect, courtesy, and compassion
We provide quality service without bias
We encourage innovation and personal development
We recognize and value the contributions of volunteers
We appreciate and respond to the diversity of our community
“Not Your Typical Public Library”
No kidding! Besides the 100,000 books, 4,000 DVDs and 3,000 CDs onsite at the Stratford Public Library, SPL’s virtual branch has access to over 87 online databases and online subscriptions, plus a growing collection of over 6,000 downloadable audiobooks, videos and eBooks. David Harvie, the SPL’s Systems Librarian brought an engaging presentation of some of the many technologies that are transforming libraries, and how people are using libraries online, as a 21st Century information service dubbed “Library 2.0″. For instance, SPL was the first library, after the beta in Oakville, to roll out BiblioCommons (a user interface resembling social media platforms) now in use around the world.