Strategic Alliances Policy

Strategic Alliances Policy

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    • Whether you wish to inspect the records in person and/or purchase physical or digital copies 
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    Anyone wishing to inspect or receive a copy of the Library’s public records or seeking assistance in making such a request should contact the Library’s Public Records Officer: 

    Public Records Officer
    Sno-Isle Libraries
    7312 35th Ave NE
    Marysville, WA 98271-7417
    Phone: 360-651-7026/ Fax: 360-651-7151
    publicrecordsofficer@sno-isle.org 

    The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive the Library can be. You do not need to state the purpose of your request. However, in an effort to clarify or prioritize a request and provide responsive documents, the Public Records Officer may inquire about the nature or scope of the request. 

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Sno-Isle Libraries Board Policy

Purpose

To provide guidance to Sno-Isle Libraries (Library District) in identifying, prioritizing, and developing alliances with community agencies, and to recognize the principles and criteria by which participation decisions are made.

Scope

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees (Board) recognizes the value of strategic alliances with public, private, nonprofit, and community organizations through collaboration, in-kind services, sponsorships, and investments for the purpose of enhancing existing library services, introducing new library services, increasing the visibility of the Library District in the community, and reaching new audiences.

Implementation

Responsibilities

Board approval is required before finalizing strategic alliances with commitments (including staff time and funding) valued at more than $100,000 annually.

The Executive Director (or designee) is responsible for ensuring the Board is informed of all strategic alliances valued at more than $10,000 annually.

Staff engaged with strategic alliances are responsible for supporting effective communication of partner activities with library leadership.

All strategic alliances and associated activities must comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Principles and Criteria for Engaging in Strategic Alliances

Strategic alliances will be considered where the partner, organization, or project:

  • Meets an identified need within the community.
  • Aligns with and supports the Library District’s organizational values, goals, and objectives.
  • Enhances the Library District's image in the community.
  • Improves the equity of access to Library District services.
  • Results in mutual and shared benefit to the Library District.

Priority will be given to partners and initiatives that meet multiple criteria from this list.

Strategic alliances will be evaluated by Library District staff to determine short- and long-term costs and benefits. The Library District will not enter into strategic alliances where the total evaluated cost to the Library District exceeds the anticipated benefits derived by the Library District.

  • If a strategic alliance becomes non-beneficial to the Library District, staff must take decisive steps to either cure the deficiency or terminate the alliance.
  • All strategic alliance cost/benefit evaluations shall be retained in accordance with established public record guidelines.

All strategic alliances must support the Library District’s principle of equal access to service.

Partners in a strategic alliance may not influence the selection of Library materials and must respect the Library District's commitment to intellectual freedom.

Partners in a strategic alliance may not require explicit endorsement of products and services.

Strategic alliance activities, services, events, and programs must not give unfair advantage to, or create discriminations against, any sectors of the community.

Partners in a strategic alliance shall not drive the Library District's agenda or priorities.

While the Library District values the diverse perspectives and contributions of our community partners, the views and opinions expressed by community partners are solely those of the individual partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library District.

Associated Policies and Laws

Process

This policy is reviewed every four (4) years by the Executive Director (or designee) who makes recommendations to the appropriate Board committee. The committee reviews the recommendations, revises the policy as necessary and appropriate, endorses, and advances the policy to the full Board for approval.

Policy History

Date approved: May 28, 2024
Next review date: 2028
Date adopted: 2020

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    • Check Locations & Hours to find your community library's phone number and operating hours.
    • Questions? A member of our Administrative Center staff can also help direct your call. Call us at 360-651-7000 (local) or 877-766-4753 (toll-free), Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

    Text us

    • Text your questions to (360) 810-5188. Text assistance is available Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm. Please include your name and telephone number in your initial message. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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    • Make an appointment for a virtual or in-person Book a Librarian session. These free sessions allow you to get one-on-one assistance with your research and technology questions. 
  • Sno-Isle Libraries provides access to its public records under the provisions of the Washington State Public Records Act RCW 42.56, the Public Records Policy, and the Public Records Request Administrative Policy.  

    The Library makes a variety of records available online, including, but not limited to: 

    Other records maintained by the Library are available for public inspection or copy, unless specifically exempted by law.  

    Use of the Library’s Public Records Request form is the most efficient way to make a request; however, its use isn’t required for a request to be processed. Requests may be submitted in person, via mail, email, or phone. To best assist you, include the following information: 

    • Contact information of requester 
    • Identification of the public records adequate to locate the records 
    • Whether you wish to inspect the records in person and/or purchase physical or digital copies 
    • The date and time of day of the request 

    Anyone wishing to inspect or receive a copy of the Library’s public records or seeking assistance in making such a request should contact the Library’s Public Records Officer: 

    Public Records Officer
    Sno-Isle Libraries
    7312 35th Ave NE
    Marysville, WA 98271-7417
    Phone: 360-651-7026/ Fax: 360-651-7151
    publicrecordsofficer@sno-isle.org 

    The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive the Library can be. You do not need to state the purpose of your request. However, in an effort to clarify or prioritize a request and provide responsive documents, the Public Records Officer may inquire about the nature or scope of the request. 

  • Contact us for assistance.

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