Scenario Planning for Libraries

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To prepare for the future, library managers have relied on a variety of planning techniques only to discover that they are inadequate and hold little meaning for staff. Now, in a time of uncertain and rapid technological change, fierce competition for research dollars, and emerging competitors to libraries, traditional planning is simply outdated. You need to look beyond how your library works today and consider a future that is radically different.

In scenario planning, you develop scenarios, or stories, about possible futures. These stories encourage an imaginative, team approach to designing strategies that move the organization forward, no matter what the future holds.

Scenario Planning for Libraries applies this successful model from the business world to the unique library environment by showing you eight steps to developing scenarios, how to write plot lines and stories "whose differences make a difference to decision makers," and how scenario planning can make your library a learning organization.

Use this comprehensive guide to write the "story" of your library, and prepared yourself for the future—any future.

Part One The Theory
Scenario Planning: Power Tools for Thinking about Alternatives
James King
Radar vs. Road Map: Developing Strategies through Scenario Planning in an Uncertain World
Scot Hornick and Joan Giesecke
The Story: Tips on Writing Scenario Plots
Joan Giesecke
Part Two The Application
Arlington County Public Libraries Look to the Future
Cathy Robinson, Andy Cincotta, Roger Qualters, and Ann Friedman
Student Technology Fee: A Case Study at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Jim Emal and Joan Giesecke
Preparing Librarians for the Twenty-First Century: Scenarios for the Future
Nancy Busch
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Joan Giesecke

Joan Giesecke (1951-2017) spent 25 years with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln libraries, including 16 as dean. During her tenure, Giesecke tripled the library's endowment, oversaw renovations to enhance the libraries in size and service, developed relationships to help colleges advance teaching and research, and enhanced the diversity of the libraries. She developed a training program for managers and presented a variety of papers on management and supervisory skills. She was a former editor of Library Administration and Management and published numerous articles on management issues.