Developing a Vision: Strategic Planning for the School Librarian in the 21st Century

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CHAPTER 8
Strategic Themes
Before we can write a vision statement, we must identify the issues that have come to the fore during these initial steps of the planning process. In order to organize our planning, these themes should be thought of as categories or “buckets” into which we will put all the major initiatives. Keeping in mind that we are still going to perform our core processes, these themes are those areas that call for a change in approach. There should not be more that five themes. Since they should be derived from the previous steps, they should be those issues that the planning team sees as needing attention if the library is to move to the next level of excellence.A member of the planning team should be assigned to be the leader or captain of each of these themes. Although the themes may later be renamed, they should be identified now. Although a structure for collecting research and information on the themes should be decided on, wikis or collaborative tools such a Google Docs, are particularly well suited to the task. They will serve three major purposes:
1. A repository of the history of the research and information gathering
2. A resource for the vision statement and the action plans
3. A consensus building exercise
The planning team should decide on a method of organizing the results of the theme research. Although the theme leader can organize ad hoc teams to gather research and serve as mini planning teams, there is usually not a need to establish a standing committee for each theme.This is the point at which the theme leaders must determine how they are going to gather information and research for their areas. They have to choose a methodology and a repository for their information gathering. Although there are many ways to approach, the following methods or modalities should be employed:
1. Site visitations to exemplary school libraries, employing an agreedupon survey

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Table of contents

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  • Recent Titles in Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides in School Librarianship Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgment xi
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter 1 - Why Strategic Planning? 3
  • Chapter 2 - Planning Team 5
  • Chapter 3 - Preamble 7
  • Chapter 4 - Values Statement 11
  • Chapter 5 - Mission Statement 13
  • Chapter 6 - Continue-Stop-Start 15
  • Chapter 7 - Current Context 19
  • Chapter 8 - Strategic Themes 21
  • Chapter 9 - Implementation 37
  • Chapter 10 - Final Deliberation 39
  • Chapter 11 - Other Considerations 43
  • Part II 47
  • Chapter 12 - Convening the Planning Team 53
  • Chapter 13 - External Scanning 61
  • Chapter 14 - Internal Scanning 73
  • Chapter 15 - Organizational Analysis 83
  • Chapter 16 - Vision Statement 91
  • Chapter 17 - The Mission Statement 107
  • Chapter 18 - Developing Action Plans 115
  • Chapter 19 - Setting Priorities 131
  • Chapter 20 - Action Plans and Budgetary Considerations 137
  • Chapter 21 - Keeping Strategic Planning Dynamic 141
  • Chapter 22 - Caveats and Serendipity 145
  • Chapter 23 - Conclusion 149
  • Bibliography 151
  • Index 155
  • About the Author 163
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