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Strategic Planning for Libraries

Discover resources and information to develop a strategic plan for your library.

Start with Needs Assessment

Community assessment is one of the most important parts of strategic planning.  Make sure to get input from your staff, stakeholders, and community.  At the minimum, research local demographics, conduct a survey, and host at least one community conversation.  Libraries with larger communities typically host multiple community conversations.

Develop a Community Survey

Conduct a survey to get feedback broadly from your community.

Select a Survey Tool

Use an online survey tool to share your survey on social media, in your e-newsletters, and e-announcements.  You can download a print copy to leave at the senior center, coffee shops, and other local businesses.  Enter responses from print survey in your online survey tool.

Conduct an Environmental Scan

Make sure to look up your local demographics for your needs assessment.

Example of an excellent Community Snapshot: