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21st Century Strategic Plan – Why Develop a Strategic Plan?


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 1 – Why Develop a Strategic Plan of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“Technology is changing. Customers are changing. Employees are changing. Communities are changing. Doing things the way we’ve always done them is shortsighted and impractical in the face of drastic 21st Century change. Strategies and processes that worked in the past will not be as effective in the future because both the internal and external environments are dramatically changing. At best, old methods will lead to stagnation, which will leave your library further behind what it should be to survive in the current environment. At worst, maintaining a status quo will lead to your library becoming irrelevant to your community, and eventually to its closure.
A strategic plan requires you to consider the changes in your environment, and to establish and prioritize goals and objectives, which will achieve your mission and vision in the face of these challenges.” [Pg. 1]

“Why is this important?” It is imperative before you begin the process to ensure that you have a consensus among the organization that strategic planning is an important and essential tool for success. Only then will you have the true commitment as opposed to empty agreements. True commitment will be required for participants to provide meaningful contributions to a process that will result in a useful plan with the possibility of effective implementation on all levels.” [Pg. 5]

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

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21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Organization


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 11 – Organization of the Plan of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“The generally accepted organization of a strategic plan is similar to the template outlined later. Obviously, many plans exclude the word “statement” after mission and vision, and there are certainly other useful words, such as Declaration of Purpose, Supreme Mandate, and so forth that can be substituted to make your strategic plan as unique as your library. Just remember your audience.

Strategic plans come in as many styles and forms as there are libraries. Finding one that works for you is important because your plan is something that you will use and that will benefit your staff and the library from the significant amount of work that went into developing it.” [Pg. 73]

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

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