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Library services began in 1901 with the founding of the Lake Charles Public Library. It was expanded in 1944 when the Calcasieu Parish Library system was created. The two systems merged in 1973 as the Calcasieu Parish Public Library. Additional details about each library location.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library's Core Values are defined as deeply held convictions, priorities, and assumptions that influence personal attitudes and behaviors. Calcasieu Parish Public Library's Core Values
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library has a history of strategic planning that began in 1989 with the publication of the first five-year plan. Subsequent strategic plans were developed in the fall of 1996 and the fall of 2003. After Hurricane Rita in 2005, CPPL worked with library consultants Sandra Nelson and June Garcia to craft a comprehensive strategic plan, which covered the years 2008-2012. In 2013, CPPL senior staff and a core planning committee facilitated the strategic planning process resulting in the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.
Throughout most of 2018, CPPL engaged in a new strategic planning process to develop a roadmap for service delivery in 2019-2023. In February, CPPL launched a library survey reaching more than 550 community members. During March, April, and May CPPL hosted a staff planning session, and eleven community engagement conversations at library branches across Calcasieu Parish. In July, a Strategic Planning Committee, consisting of 28 staff members representing all divisions, branches, and departments, identified areas for strategic focus based on survey data and community input. Ideas and areas for improvement were brought to a Community Strategic Planning Workshop where library trustees, community stakeholders, Friends of the Library, and senior staff established priorities. Over the next several months the Strategic Planning Committee drafted a new strategic plan modeled around the wants and needs of our community.
In November, the CPPL Board of Control approved the Library’s vision, mission, core values, and six goals for the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library surveyed library visitors to get an idea of how much their service would cost the visitors if they obtained it from commercial sources. Through a partnership with The College of Business at McNeese State University, the survey data was analyzed and an assessment of the costs and benefits of the library system was produced. Dr. Michael M. Kurth, Professor of Economics, prepared the study, with the data being compiled and analyzed by MBA student Elizabeth C. Kelly as part of her internship requirement. Return on Investment Library Study