Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

My Guilt Subsides - a Little!

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

My Guilt Subsides - a Little!

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Years ago, before long-range planning became popular, stylish and, in some cases, required of libraries by higher authority, my deputy suggested we prepare a strategic plan. I greeted the idea with creative lethargy (a technique she herself had taught me) and did nothing. Shortly, however, the state library waved $50,000 in front of us, probably equal to $200,000 today, and we forged ahead with our planning process. This start involved me in all sorts of Public Library Association working groups, up to and including the current publication Planning for Results. I gave talks at lots of places on the necessity of planning.

But I was never enthusiastic about the process, personally. It takes time to do right and hard thinking about details, a task I'm not very good at. Yet, the fact that the process itself builds consensus among the staff, board and government always impressed me. Not the plan, necessarily, the consensus. But I still didn't like doing it. …

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