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

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CHAPTER 19
Setting Priorities

The most contentious and difficult step in the strategic planning process is deciding which plans will receive the most attention. A process should be established that is fair to all concerned. This decision-making scheme will involve the vision and mission, feasibility, student outcomes, budget implications, and short-term versus long-term implementations. Each action plan will be looked at through these various “filters” before deciding which will receive the highest priority and which will have to wait for a better time.

This stage should be a very public one as well. A perception on the part of the various participants that an elite group is pulling the strings of priority setting can doom the action plans. Indeed, after discussing the various criteria, there will be a presentation on how to get the highest level of faculty and community participation in the decision-making process.


Mission and Vision Statement

To be consistent will the rest of the strategic planning process, the first screening step is to look at the action plan in comparison to the vision and mission statements. Although such a comparison should have been taking place throughout the planning process, it is possible that an action plan will be proposed that does not seem to receive support from the vision or mission. Unless that plan can be revised through negotiations between the planning team and the action planning committee, it should receive the lowest priority. Plans that are easy to write and inexpensive to enact but do not have any real connection to the vision or mission statements are not going to move the school where it wants to go. Since it will be necessary to review many action plans, it would be useful to rate each of these on a high-priority to low-priority scale. A 1–6 scale for this and the other categories will be helpful in determining the final priority order.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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