The mission statement for OCPLC encompasses what the Cooperative and member libraries do for residents by providing:
- Current materials as well as information on popular cultural and social trends. Materials will be provided in a variety of formats for recreational reading, viewing, and listening.
- Access to free technology and online information resources.
- Support and assistance to students to facilitate learning and success
- Assistance and training to improve library customers' ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
Resources enabling personal growth and development.
Developing a broad vision for the future of Okaloosa County served as the basis for determining the needs of area residents.
- Economy Residents in our county will flourish in a healthy economic environment reflected by increased jobs in the manufacturing and technology industries. Employment will be available for residents with various skills, abilities and educational backgrounds.
- Culture, the Arts, and Recreation Residents in our county will have access to a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. Opportunities for enjoyment and participation in the creative and performing arts, parks, organized sports and recreational activities will be readily available. Libraries will have the funding necessary to provide the resources to help residents work toward making this vision a reality.
- Education and Life Long Learning Students involved in all levels of learning will get an appropriate and effective education that will prepare them for successful adulthood, enabling them to have full-time employment and competitive pay. People of all ages will have opportunities for lifelong learning through technology and other local resources.
- Environment Residents of our county will thrive in an environmentally friendly community that supports activities that conserve and protect our beautiful beaches and waters.
The Cooperative and its member libraries strive to address the following needs of residents in Okaloosa County:
- Library collections that not only provide resources concerning the environment, but also address environmental issues and the concept of building sustainable communities.
- Quality information that is current, valid and reliable.
- Shared resources with public schools to avoid duplication of costly electronic reference and learning programs.
- Access to distance learning materials.
- Programs dedicated to children, young adults, adults and seniors.
The Cooperative staff and member library directors and staff believe in a service philosophy for their patrons that demonstrates:
- All customers are important.
- Libraries matter to the community.
- Pride in our home libraries.
- Pride in our library cooperative system.
- Pride in our service to our libraries and our patrons.
- Cooperative, pleasant, and respectful demeanor to all who come through our doors.
Service responses define the roles of a library and clarify what a library provides to the public. The Cooperative is comprised of six member libraries. The service responses outlined below were chosen for the Cooperative as a whole and will be addressed by all participating libraries with the assistance and support of Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. Each member library may also choose to address additional service responses that are appropriate to their unique communities.
- Current Topics and Titles: Current titles and best sellers will be available to satisfy library users recreational reading needs. Library collections will support and stimulate the pure and simple pleasure of reading. Libraries will provide a current collection of materials with sufficient copies of high demand titles to ensure that customer requests are met promptly. Materials will be offered in a variety of formats including print, audio and video. Selection of materials will be based primarily on local demand for the specific formats. Collections will be organized so materials are easy to locate. Displays and display shelving will feature current titles and materials of specific interest to the communities. Library staffs will keep current with best selling authors and other items of interest to patrons.
- Formal Learning Support: Libraries will provide informational resources and assistance using educational tools including computers containing multimedia educational software and educational videos. They will provide distance education materials and information. Cooperative libraries concentrate on providing materials that supplement rather than duplicate resources available in institutions of formal learning. Libraries may provide study rooms and computer labs as available, develop a World Wide Web site with links to curriculum and other educational sites, as well as coordinate with local schools to provide tutoring or expert assistance to students. Individual libraries may also develop formal agreements with educational institutions. Library staff needs to be knowledgeable in the use of technological resources and be able to teach students to use them.
- Lifelong Learning: Member libraries will provide an extensive collection of circulating materials on a wide variety of topics in which the public has a sustained interest. Libraries may build collections in a few specific subject areas to serve the needs and requests of local patrons. Collections will encourage browsing to help familiarize customers with different aspects of each library's materials. Cooperative member library staff will work to develop a good level of general knowledge in order to increase their ability to assist independent learners as they explore a wide range of topics.
- Information Literacy: Libraries will provide access to information in a variety of formats and will offer Internet training and access. Libraries may offer group classes, individual tutoring, or spontaneous one-on-one training on topics including media literacy and finding resources on the Web. Libraries may provide a computer lab or classroom to facilitate training and instruction. Special programs on media literacy may include basic library skills and bibliographic instruction, instructional technology computer training, effective strategies when using search engines, or complex searches in the online catalog. One or more library staff in each member library will have a good range of computer skills and will be familiar with different types of software and electronic resources.