A strategic planning process is an important commitment for a library. The successful process involves gathering information from and about the community, examining comparable libraries and best practices, and involving the community, the staff, and the library board. This project results in a blueprint for both immediate and long-term improvement in library services. Through the strategic planning process the library identifies:
- service needs and community expectations;
- location, facilities and space allocation;
- governance and organizational structure, and
- fiscal requirements for capital expenditures and operating costs.
Strategic Planning is the process by which the guiding members of an organization envision its future and develop the necessary procedures and operations to achieve that future. Why do organizations do strategic planning?
The library can benefit in a number of ways by undertaking a comprehensive organizational review and planning process, including a renewed sense of purpose, enhanced communication and leadership, and an up-to-date perception of the library’s value which will help it be recognized as a partner in community development.
- Allows concentration of resources on key areas
- Gives management the ability to deal with and manage change
- Improves decision-making and management effectiveness