The Library Development Division strives to help all Montana citizens receive the information they need in order to improve and enhance their lives by improving public library services and promoting cooperation among all Montana libraries of all types. Library Development provides leadership and guidance related to library programs, services, and facilities. A professional staff plans, develops, and implements programs, projects and pilots, and administers funds for new and improved library services throughout the state.
Library Development Study Task Force Recommendations
A Library Development Study Task Force was appointed by the State Librarian in July, 2015 and charged with creating a set of recommendations which would serve to inform the development and delivery of library development services. Listening sessions held around the state, surveys and task force meetings were held to respond to this charge. The MSL Commission approved the resulting recommendations in February, 2016.
The recommendations begin with a vision for Montana libraries: Libraries are leaders in creating thriving communities. The recommendations then identify those elements that libraries need in order to successfully achieve this vision. These needs are clearly articulated on subsequent pages. The needs are articulated as outcomes and library development programs and services will be prioritized and benchmarked to achieve these outcomes.
Library Development Study Task Force Recommendations (PDF)