Typical Timeline: Creating a School District Public Library

The following timeline indicates a month-by-month breakdown of activities leading up to a vote to create a School District Public Library. Though it is possible to compress the activities into a shorter timeline, it should be noted that reducing the planning cycle might reduce the chances of a successful outcome.

Actions

Months leading up to vote

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a. Survey Community

X

X

X

b. Update Long Range Plan based on survey

X

X

c. Determine best model and consolidation options  

X

X

 
d. Assess readiness

X

e. Notify Library System and State Library  

X

 
f. Inform School District & current funding sources; obtain support  

X

 
g. Pass resolution to create new library

X

h. Create Implementation Committee

X

X

i. Develop action timeline

X

X

j. Identify advocate group(s)

X

X

k. Identify first slate of trustees

X

X

X

l. Develop strategy for public campaign

X

X

m. Hold public meetings/focus groups

X

X

X

n. Develop & Conduct public education & advocacy campaigns

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

o. Gather required number of signatures on petitions to nominate board members for new library

X

X

X

p. Gather 25 signatures on petition to form and fund library

X

X

X

q. Submit petitions to create and fund library and elect trustees

X

r. Vote on library proposition & trustees

X

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