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The Aspen Institute describes a “new world of knowledge,” with the public library serving as a “vital learning institution and engine for individual, community, and civil society development.” While each of our communities will approach this new era differently, there are common benchmarks that can be utilized to ensure that the public library remains “the essential civil society space where this new America will make its democratic character.”
Strategic Planning for Public Libraries
Strategic Planning Tools:
- Strategic Planning for Results from PLA). Connecticut libraries may borrow copies of this book from the Middletown and Willimantic Library Service Centers.
- Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Planning Guide.
Examples of plans:
Community Needs Analysis
The Library of the Future
A Capgemini Invent Report in partnership with CSL and COSLA designed to support COSLA leadership in forecasting change, informing and preparing SLA’s, and advocating for resources. An essential read prior to engaging n strategic planning for libraries.
Innovative Strategic Planning
Charlotte Mecklenburg Strategic Plan
Guiding us in this effort is our strategic plan, a living document that is reviewed annually. To create the strategic plan, we draw not only on best practices and innovations from high-achieving libraries around the country, but also from a thorough market analysis of the Library’s service areas and valuable input from our community - including more than 5,000 library users, local citizens, community leaders and library staff.
The resulting plan recommends strategic initiatives to address the needs of the community now and into the future.
King County Library System
Our values ground us. Our vision inspires us. Our mission motivates us. Our Strategic Focus will guide our work for the next five years. All of this is in service to the people of King County. See what our Strategic Focus means for you, KCLS, and the road ahead.
New Haven Free Public Library's Strategic Framework, 2018-2023: “Growing Together. One City. One Future."
NHFPL partnered with Innovation Builders’ EXCITE Transformation for Libraries over a 10-month period to create the framework relying on human-centered design methods and tools. Our in-depth exploration of community needs and motivations, took us beyond the traditional “life phases” model to understand the functional and emotional drivers underlying customer engagement.
Seattle Public Library Strategic Direction 2017-2019
At The Seattle Public Library, we see Seattle as a city where imagination and opportunity thrive. Our mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.
Strategic Planning Consulting
Division of Library Development staff assist library administrations and boards in developing strategic plans. We provide basic guidance in developing the plan itself including but not limited to establishing the plan framework and timeline; identifying key stakeholder groups; designing a community needs assessment; creating targeted surveys, interview scripts and conducting focus groups; assessment and evaluation.
Dawn La Valle offers her expertise as an Aspen Expert as well as a certified Strategic Foresight™ Practitioner. Contact Dawn La Valle, Director Division of Library Development, 860-757-6665 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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