Monthly Archives: August 2010

21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Activities


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 8 – Activities of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“Activities or where the rubber meets the road! What your library does, every day, week, month, or year. This is the kind of action that the customers see when they come into your library. These are the actions that your staff does routinely, the individual things that have made your library what it is today and what it will become in the 21st Century.

You might ask, “Why does a strategic plan need to be so detailed as to list staff activities?” The answer would be, “That is the only way to ensure that what your staff does, each individual activity, contributes to the mission.” Also, the only way to ensure that library resources are being applied toward accomplishing the mission is to make sure that those are applied to the specific activity that contributes to an objective to achieve a goal.” [Pg. 51]

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

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21st Century Library Strategic Plan – Goals and Objectives


The information in the original Post has been included in Chapter 7 – Goals and Objectives of my new book – “Crash Course in Strategic Planning

“A visionary strategic plan is monumentally important to becoming a good library, but it is critical to providing a library that is highly relevant to a 21st Century community. Becoming a highly relevant library in the future environment of your community is venturing into totally unknown territory because there are so many unknown and unfamiliar factors and influences involved as stated throughout this book. Since these factors and influences are changing so rapidly, attempting to accomplish the necessary goals and objectives of a 21st Century library without a strategic plan is unimaginable. Where would you begin? What activities would you select to receive those critically limited resources, or would you just allow staff to randomly do their own thing? How will you know when you’ve achieved any goals or objectives leading toward your mission?

Some librarians think planning strategically or otherwise is a tired old library standard with which everybody is familiar but really can just be ignored. Unfortunately, it’s not something to be ignored when it comes to a strategic plan to guide your public library into this uncertain 21st Century environment. There is too much at stake, including the survival of your library, to simply keep pursuing business as usual and hope for the best.” [Pg. 41]

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

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