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Connecticut Libraries Help Center: Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

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Aspen Institute

Because CT's Libraries Want to Remain Ahead of the CurveThe 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


Innovative Strategic Planning

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

Sample RFPs For Planning Consultant

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