Strategic planning for your library should not cause despair. A simple five-step model, which uses everyday words and immediately identifies who is accountable for each result, works especially well for smaller libraries, where strategic planning is a new idea for leaders and staff, or when a more complex plan has stalled (or died).
- Introduction: Why Is Strategic Planning Important?
- The Key Idea: Focus on what will help support the better future of the people, institutions, and communities you serve.
- Input: People, Places, Things, Numbers
- Big Goals: Years And Decades
- Projects: Months, Quarters, And Years
- Tasks: Daily, Weekly, And Monthly
- Feedback: How Will We Know We Were Successful?
- Ensure continuous process to learn concerns and goals of the community your library serves.
- Identify three major change goals for coming year.
- Identify three target audiences that will impact service decisions.
- Translate big strategic goals into project assignments.