Developing a Vision: Strategic Planning for the School by John D. Crowley

By John D. Crowley

This textual content indicates instructor librarians find out how to turn into leaders of their faculties and observe their certain talents and perception to increase a well timed and significant imaginative and prescient for the school's library.

• provides assorted ways to strategic planning

• quite a few figures are supplied to obviously illustrate the strategic making plans process

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Each of the preceding steps has played a necessary role in developing the vision for the school library. We have gathered a planning team, establishing the collaborative nature of good planning. In the preamble, we looked at the existing program and justified the need to plan for a future that will be ever changing. We have exposed our values. We have established our mission. We have looked at our existing program, acknowledging what we have to sustain, refrain from, and initiate. We have described our current context or situation.

Sustainability The final step in the planning process is the one that is most prone to failure. It is the process of turning the action plans into long-term change. I have found that this is the part of the planning process that calls for the greatest fortitude on the part of the school librarian. Even if the action plans are collaboratively developed, someone has to be responsible for their oversight. Plans will not implement themselves. As the planning team members move on to their normal professional and personal lives, the school librarian will be faced with keeping the action plans moving and vital.

Exciting as this is, it is tempered by the realization that these answers have to be seen as the product of a particular question. The question is more important than the answer. Ask the question slightly differently, and you will get a very different or even contradictory answer. Thus, the new skill has become the ability to ask the informed and intelligent question of the electronic oracle. If we are in an age of information, we have an obligation to teach our students to navigate through that information.

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