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DALNET Strategic Direction

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Strategic Direction

DALNET is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of representatives from all members. DALNET members collaborate to deliver comprehensive services and leverage the diverse strengths of their libraries by developing innovative, cooperative strategies that facilitate learning and knowledge. DALNET personnel are committed to serving the members.


DALNET is a community of libraries working together to provide access to information for research, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning opportunities.


DALNET libraries are valued as readily accessible and always useful places to go for information.


Supportive, Equitable Relationships

Collaborative Library Networking

Diverse Institutions



DALNET is committed to ongoing, dynamic leadership in library collaboration.
The Detroit Area Library Network:

Values the people we serve

Promotes the value of libraries

Provides seamless virtual and physical access to collective resources

Devises proactive, creative and affordable solutions

Sustains current services and members

Seeks new ways to add targeted services

Earns the enduring respect and confidence of our members

Affirms an environment where members help each other succeed


User Support: Use library technologies to help people find the best information possible.

Resource Sharing: Devise creative strategies for enhancing and expanding information.

Member Support: Encourage personal and professional development through continuing education, networking, consulting, and collaborative projects.

Effective Governance: Ensure a member-centered organization through effective business practices, fiduciary accountability, and responsive communications.