Monthly Archives: July 2010

21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Forecast


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 6 – Forecast of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“… forecast is the next step after the mission, values, and vision statements. It comes before the goals and objectives because this step is especially significant in the 21st Century environment due to the rapid changes and highly uncertain future that influence society and all libraries.

Simply put, forecast uses the facts of the present to determine what is most likely to occur in the future. … The mission and vision statements outline and describe why the library exists and what it wants to be, but real-world factors [analyzed] in adequate detail must be introduced into the strategic plan for it to be realistic and achievable.” [Pg. 33]

(Matthews, Stephen. Matthews, Kimberly. (2013). Crash course in strategic planning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.)

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21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Values and Guiding Principles


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 4 – Values and Guiding Principles of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“The values statement, which often includes guiding principles, along with mission and vision statements, defines an organization’s culture and climate, and establishes the standards upon which it operates. It also establishes for every employee those values against which their performance may be measured along with the organization’s performance, as well as some standards for describing the path toward the library’s success. The values statement is about who you are, your character, as compared to the mission statement that declares why you exist, and the vision statement that declares who you want to be. [Pg. 21]

(Matthews, Stephen. Matthews, Kimberly. (2013). Crash course in strategic planning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.)

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21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Vision Statement


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 5 – Vision Statement of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“What will you dare to dream that your library can become in this 21st Century environment? Whatever it is, dream it! and make it your vision statement (Lucas, 1998).

The reason the vision statement comes at this point in the process is because you have developed some parameters within which you can develop your vision that will make it realistic, achievable, and relevant to your library. If you began with the vision, you might not have a firm foundation of your mission around which you can develop a vision, and the vision might be so fantastic or seemingly unrealistic that it would be useless, seen by some as ridiculously unachievable or by others as highly inappropriate. [Pg. 27]

(Matthews, Stephen. Matthews, Kimberly. (2013). Crash course in strategic planning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.)

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21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Mission Statement


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 3 – Mission Statement of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“This strategic plan model begins with the mission statement because the reason why you exist should come before everything else, even the vision. Without the parameters defined by a mission, the vision could be anything, which might not even directly relate to your library, let alone be realistic.

It also needs to be understood that the mission, vision, and values statements work in concert to create a complete definition of your library. Therefore, it is highly useful to exploit the unique purposes of each of the three statements rather than try to make each statement independently define your library.” [Pg. 13]

In order to be a useful mission statement, it must be realistic and achievable. What is the library’s mission in the 21st Century? Is it different from or the same as it has always been? Many believe it is the same because it is a “core” mission (whatever that means in a 21st Century context). The fact that real-world libraries are changing to survive supports the assertion that any core mission that existed has changed to address the environmental changes that have occurred in the 21st Century. [Pg. 14]

(Matthews, Stephen. Matthews, Kimberly. (2013). Crash course in strategic planning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.)

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