Colorado libraries have developed a new strategic plan to cover the years 2006–2010 called Moving Libraries Forward: A Roadmap for Colorado Library Cooperation. This document is meant to serve as a guide for how libraries, working together, can improve library services to the residents of Colorado, while acknowledging the continuing, difficult tasks of doing more with less. This plan will assist libraries of all types in strengthening their relationships with their communities and with each other.

The plan was created by a task force appointed by the Colorado Library Advisory Board, representing all segments of the library community. The task force surveyed library leaders, public library trustees, school library district administrators, and academic officers to identify the key issues and concerns that need to be addressed.

The final plan lists six major goals for activities:

GOAL 1: ACCESS TO INFORMATION

GOAL 2: DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROFESSION

GOAL 3: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND LIFELONG LEARNING

GOAL 4: SERVICE TO DIVERSE AND UNDERSERVED COLORADO RESIDENTS

GOAL 5: ADVOCACY /FINANCIAL SUPPORT

GOAL 6: RESOURCE SHARING INFRASTRUCTURE

Values common to all types of libraries across the state were the foundation of the goals. These values include:

*Literacy and education for all

*Equity of services, resources, and access

*Freedom of Information

*Best Practices

*Cooperation and Collaboration

The complete plan may be viewed at www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/StrategicPlanForLibraries2005.htm. For a printed version, contact B. F. McCune, mccune_b@cde.state.co.us, 303.866.6891.

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