Gregory C. Thompson is Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections; he is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He received a BS from Colorado State University, BA from Fort Lewis College, and MS and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah. Greg has published several monographs on the Ute tribe, including Southern Ute Lands, 1848–1899: The Creation of a Reservation (1972); The Southern Utes: A Tribal History (1972); and co-edited, with Floyd A. O’Neil, A History of the Indians of the United States: A Syllabus (1979). He is a founding member of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Board and serves on the Board of Trustees. His latest publication, with Alan K. Engen, is First Tracks: A Century of Skiing (2001), which focuses on the history of skiing in Utah. Greg is also the general editor for the Tanner Trust Publication Series, Utah, The Mormons, and the West.
- Table of Contents
- About the Authors
No doubt about it: strategic planning is a serious commitment. But when carried out skillfully, thoughtfully, and with sensitivity to the impacts on all those involved, it’s an undertaking that can pay large dividends for the library and its users. A strong strategic plan gives shape and clarity to the library’s intentions and, when carefully written, can make a powerful case for the library’s indispensability to its sponsoring institution. Providing library deans, directors, and university librarians with up-to-date guidance, this book
- outlines a step-by-step method that helps readers prepare for a successful strategic planning process, create and implement a strategic plan, and assess the effectiveness of both the process and the resulting plan;
- discusses the differences between scenario planning and strategic planning, with pointers on determining which would be best in a given organization;
- offers expert advice for communicating a strategic plan clearly and compellingly to the library’s many stakeholders at every stage of the process;
- shares ways to bring library staff as well as users into the planning process;
- teaches how to use surveys and focus groups to inform strategic planning, complete with sample survey questions and a consent cover letter;
- addresses whether and how to hire consultants;
- concludes with a summary of the essential elements of a successful planning process, ideal for quick reference; and
- includes an appendix with numerous useful templates, from an Executive Council Strategic Planning Retreat Agenda to a Final Report.
Written by a team of authors with decades of library administration experience between them, this powerful resource enables academic libraries to produce plans that will offer directional guidance to employees while also demonstrating the library’s power to meet institutional goals.
Introduction: Why Engage in Strategic Planning?
Chapter 1: Preplanning
Chapter 2: Facilitation
Chapter 3: Feedback
Chapter 4: Communication
Chapter 5: Implementation
Chapter 6: Assessment
Chapter 7: Tying It All Together
- Appendix A A Vision for Our Users, A Vision for Ourselves: Marriott Library Strategic Plan 2011–2013
- Appendix B Executive Council Strategic Planning Retreat Agenda
- Appendix C University of Utah Strategic Goals
- Appendix D Marriott Library Strategic Directions 2015–2020
- Appendix E IRB Approval
- Appendix F University of Utah Survey Tester Email
- Appendix G Survey
- Appendix H Consent Cover Letter for Survey
- Appendix I Final Report and Recommendations
- Appendix J Focus Group Questions
- Appendix K Prize Acceptance Letter
About the Authors
”With the step-by-step format, including checklists, this should be essential for any institution contemplating the strategic planning process."
”Those looking for background and process will find the entire book valuable; those wanting a quick way to plan the process can go straight to the appendixes."
”I found this book to be a useful introduction to strategic planning and believe it would be a practical resource for those starting the process for the first time ... In particular, I found the approach of addressing theory and describing application to be engaging."
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