Strategic Planning: Setting Directions for the Future
Instructor: Deborah Schmidle
Dates: August 7 to September 1, 2017
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Strategic planning is not just a tool for looking to the future; it is also an essential and valuable means of aligning your library’s goals, mission and vision to the daily work and services you provide. This class will lead participants through the entire strategic planning process and will emphasis the importance of creating a “living” document that is revisited frequently, rather than filed away and forgotten. Participants will also learn how to fully engage staff in the planning process.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Implement a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of the profession in general and the organization in particular
- Develop strategies for maintaining or leveraging strengths, addressing or remedying weaknesses, optimizing or building on opportunities, and countering or minimizing threats
- Develop a vision, mission, and values statement
- Develop short-term and long term goals and objectives and formulate an implementation strategy.
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Deborah Schmidle is currently the principal consultant at Schmidle Consulting Services. She has developed and taught numerous organizational development-related workshops and has facilitated strategic-planning processes for libraries and library organizations. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Contemporary Leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to retiring in March 2013, she was Director of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University Library (CUL).
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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