The Carroll County Public Library Board of Trustees approved applying for a $15,000 federal grant to prepare a five-year long-range plan for growth at their monthly meeting Wednesday.
The money will be used to hire a marketing consultant to guide library management in setting goals for 1992 to 1997 and pay for printing the study.
Data for the previous study, which will expire at the end of the year, was gathered by a consultant but interpreted by library staff, which required a lot of time, said CCPL Assistant Director Gail Griffith.
"This is a slightly different strategy, using business planning and a top management consultant team rather than a committee of staff people for planning and recommendations," she said. "There is something we can learn from business."