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Friday, November 4 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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Strategic planning is not so much about what to do with all the funding that you have, but more about commitment to a plan for excellence – no matter what that means for your library. A strategic plan envisions the future, develops the methods needed to move to that future, establishes priorities, and tells others your core functions and services. It is a key management tool but one that is not often implemented because it sounds scary, it sounds like too much work, and people simply don’t understand what a good plan can do for an organization.


One of the first things you have to decide is what do you hope to gain by going through a strategic planning process. There are many avenues available to take on that road to excellence – that’s why each library’s plan is going to be different.  Once a strategic plan is in place, it is there to provide frameworks for decision-making, shared understanding, and priority-setting. 


There are many advantages to a strategic plan and the presenter will discuss the ways that a strategic plan provided priorities, goals, objectives to meet the goals, activities to meet the objectives, and deliverables to demonstrate the accomplishment of the objectives. 


The library employees have worked many years with individual goal-setting for each semester and one of the things that will be discussed is the difference in goal-setting with and without a strategic plan. While some aspects of creating a strategic plan will be inevitably touched upon in this presentation that is not the primary focus. The primary focus is how their strategic plan finally drove accomplishment and completion of projects that had formerly been attempted but not completed. In addition, the presenter will talk about how their organizational culture was improved through the use of their strategic plan.

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Joyce Meldrem

Library Director, Loras College

Friday November 4, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Tower View Dining Room