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You will find resources you need to plan and develop a successful strategic plan.


Here you will find all the resources you need to create a plan that will set the future vision of your library, whether it is a public, school, academic, or special library.  MLS is available to help you through the various stages of planning.

For more information on what MLS can do for you during the process, please refer to our Strategic Planning Services Policy below. 

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Useful Information & Updates

NOTE: Strategic plans expiring in FY 20 will receive an automatic one-year extension due to the pandemic closures. Plans will not be required to be updated until FY 21.

For those who are submitting your new Strategic/Long-Range Plans to the MBLC on October 1, 2019, you still must submit an Action Plan to MBLC by Dec. 1, 2019. That will mean going through your plan and identifying items that will be completed in FY 21. So find items you will be working on from  July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.

All Strategic and Action Plans should be sent to Amy Clayton at MBLC.

Libraries must have an approved Strategic Plan on file with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in order to apply for both Library Services and Technology Act funds and the Massachusetts Library Construction Loan program. Libraries that have done planning have repeatedly confirmed how important the process has been in their local efforts to gain recognition, funding and staffing for accomplishing the goals and objectives set out in their plans.  Questions regarding the requirements and deadlines for submitting your plan, go to the MBLC Planning Page.

MLS Workshop Handouts

These are the handouts used in the yearly Strategic Planning sessions. 

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Kristi Chadwick
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