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Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Barrington Public Library

Speaker(s): Pat Wagner, Pattern Research & Siera: Learn Teach Inspire

Creating a comprehensive strategic plan with community input can feel like a daunting task, with too many pieces and too many people involved. While it will take more than a day to develop a plan, consider spending a day so that you learn how to better approach and complete the process.

After participating in this workshop, you will leave knowing:

    ➢ How Public Libraries Benefit from Strategic Planning

    ➢ How to Engage Your Community in Your Library’s Strategic Planning

    ➢ How to Use Project Management Principles to Write a Strategic Plan

    ➢ How to Evaluate the Strategic Planning Process - before, during and after

    ➢ How to Execute Your Library’s Strategic Plan

Attend the workshop and discover strategies for recruiting and involving community members as well as strategies for keeping the planning process moving toward your goal – a completed plan. Learn how to identify the resources your board and staff will need to carry out the plan. You will also understand how often you need to check-in with stakeholders about how well the plan is working as well as and other tips for evaluating your plan.

Pat Wagner is a trainer and consultant who has worked for libraries and universities since 1978. She focuses on skills that support library success, such as personnel, management, leadership, marketing, and strategic planning. Pat is a frequent speaker at state and national library conferences and has conducted strategic planning and community engagement sessions for libraries and library organizations of all types, from rural storefronts to large urban libraries, and from technical consortia to the Association of State and Specialized Libraries division of ALA. Pat is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public library directors and other staff responsible for developing strategic plans, library board members

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