Information on our Planning Process
Virtual Town Halls
Information on our virtual member participation opportunities with Stephanie Chase
Share your thoughts
A form to submit your ideas and suggestions
Town Hall meetings with library members, partners and stakeholders
June and July 2020
passive engagement opportunities held by MLS staff in conversation with staff at member libraries
Approved by the MLS Executive Board
Approved by MLS membership at annual meeting
Welcome to our Resource Guide for our Strategic Plan 2021-2024. As we move through our planning process, this guide will be updated with information, resources, and opportunities.
2020 is an exciting year for MLS. In July, we’ll be celebrating our 10th birthday, and it’ a Strategic Planning year for us. While the last few months have certainly shifted our focus, we’ve also been staying the course with our plans for this year. I am pleased to announce that we have hired Stephanie Chase, of Constructive Disruption, to lead us through our planning process.
Our process this year will look a bit different from previous years. Over the past four years, we have continued to build off of the great goals and initiates laid out in our last plan, and have had thoughtful and meaningful ongoing conversations with you through consultations, listening tours, surveys, director forums, informal discussions, and collaborative work opportunities. We continued to utilize the information and data you’ve shared with us to build three potential strategic initiatives (listed in the box on the right) to focus on in the next few years. But we want to make sure we heard you correctly, ask if there are other opportunities for MLS, and ensure that staff working at all levels and in all types have the opportunity to engage with us. We know this is a busy and a difficult time for our members, and we are committed to being thoughtful of your time and your energy as we reach out to engage with you.
I invite you to join us at our Virtual Town Halls, facilitated by Stephanie, and to share your thoughts on our initiatives via form on the Share Your Thoughts tab. Our staff will also be reaching out to members in the coming months to engage with you. I welcome and thank you for your participation!
MLS Executive Director
Based on our member conversations over the past few years, we've identified 3 proposed strategic initiatives:
Sustainability of service
Succession planning/leadership development
Equity of service