21st Century Library Strategic Plan Model Book

Crash Course in Strategic Planning” is now available from Libraries Unlimited. Visit their website for more information and your book orders.

This book is anything but a re-print of the original Strategic Planning Blog posts. IT IS SO MUCH MORE! Over the past years we’ve had a lot of time to test and re-think these ideas. This book is current and contains much more explanation and discussion of strategic planning for librarians, library directors, board members and community leaders in this 21st Century environment.

Crash Course in Strategic Planning includes:

… the commitment of a single individual to a plan isn’t enough — the effort of an entire group guided in a cohesive direction is usually required to achieve success. The general recipe for achieving an intended outcome is equal parts of the following: clear vision and mission, a practical strategic plan, daily activities linked to the mission, and unified commitment to the plan. However, orchestrating the details of these necessary components is more complicated than you might think. Crash Course in Strategic Planning uses a process approach to the creation of a highly useful strategic plan, providing practitioners with exceptionally helpful instruction on planning and leading the process.

Crash Course in Strategic Planning covers:
Chapter 1 – Why Develop a Strategic Plan
Chapter 2 – The 21st Century Library Strategic Plan Model
Chapter 3 – Mission Statement
Chapter 4 – Values and Guiding Principles
Chapter 5 – Vision Statement
Chapter 6 – Forecast
Chapter 7 – Goals and Objectives
Chapter 8 – Activities
Chapter 9 – Measures and Outcomes
Chapter 10 – Resource Allocation
Chapter 11 – Organization of the Plan
Chapter 12 – Choose Your Strategic Plan Ending
Chapter 13 – Conclusion

Crash Course in Strategic Planning chapter sections address:
Theory – why we do this element of the process
Practice – how we can accomplish this element effectively
Examples – what specifically we can do to accomplish this element
Derailment – what influences might prevent us from accomplishing this element of the process, and
Small Library Ideas – specific suggestions for your small library and limited resources

Chapter 12 – Choose Your Strategic Plan Ending will entertain and amaze you, because it is written in the popular style of ‘choose your own adventure’ youth book genre from the 1980s-90s. Follow the story and choose the end state you want for your 21st Century Library Strategic Plan endeavors.

For more information and to order your copy, visit “Crash Course in Strategic Planning.”
(APA Citation: Matthews, Stephen. Matthews, Kimberly. (2013). Crash course in strategic planning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.)

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