Answered By: Paul Kissman Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016 Views: 26
Beyond meeting eligibility requirements for certain MBLC grant programs, strategic planning is a well-documented management tool for all types of organizations. A plan reflects the vision of what the library is and where it needs to go, and serves as a blueprint for the organization's growth.
Planning has been emphasized in libraries, particularly public libraries, for several decades. The MBLC has seen its value as a management tool for libraries of all types. Libraries have repeatedly confirmed how important the process of completing a plan has been in their local efforts to gain recognition, funding, and staffing for accomplishing the goals and objectives set out in their plans.
Specifically, strategic planning:
- explains the library program to others
identifies priorities, strengths, and weaknesses
provides an anchor for the development of a budget
articulates connections with the larger organization
provides a blueprint for future development
creates a clear sense of purpose
provides the basis for ongoing evaluation