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Strategic Planning for Libraries: Tips, Tools, & Techniques

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

Strategic planning is the ultimate approach to change management.

Are you interested to learn how to develop community-driven strategic plan?

Then, this workshop resource guide is for you!

Workshop Slides & Materials


Gather Community Input

Conduct an Environmental Scan
Examples of community surveys: 

Develop Your Strategic Plan

Incorporate Evaluation into Your Strategic Plan

Design a Beautiful Strategic Plan

Examples of Strategic Plans:

Implement and Report Your Progress

Engage Staff

Get Creative: Ideation Techniques

From the MLS Professional Collection

Strategic Planning Quotes

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

"If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb

"To achieve great things, two things are needed, a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein

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