There are a variety of perspectives, models and approaches used in strategic planning.The way that a strategic plan is developed depends on the nature of the organization's leadership, culture of the organization, complexity of the organization's environment, size of the organization, expertise of planners, etc.Then, 15 of the 17 members of the Board of Regents heard presentations about three exciting and innovative collaborative library initiatives, illustrating the critical importance of library services for New Yorkers of all ages as well as the importance of local, regional and statewide partnerships.Presenters included: RAC Member Sadowski’s gourmet cupcakes, shared with the Board of Regents and honored guests in celebration of the New York State Library‘s 198 Birthday.On April 19, 2016, Chairperson Claudia Depkin and several members of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries met with the Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee and Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia to discuss how New York’s libraries and library systems are .Cultural Education Committee Chair Regent Roger Tilles, in the spirit of National Library Week, complimented the Council, the State Library and New York’s library community on the strides made during the past four years toward implementing the Council’s recommendations in Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision and Plan. Margolis spoke about the upcoming 200th birthday celebration of the New York State Library, which will occur on April 21, 2018.Web Junction is where public library staff gather to build the knowledge, skills and support they need to power relevant, vibrant libraries.Web Junction offers free, on-demand courses, webinars and content for library staff at all levels.
The fast-paced smackdown of five-minute presentations featured interesting and lively stories about the exciting and innovative stuff our New York State libraries and library systems are doing!For example, there are a variety of strategic planning models, including goals-based, issues-based, organic, scenario (some would assert that scenario planning is more of a technique than model), etc.1) Goals-based planning is probably the most common and starts with focus on the organization's mission (and vision and/or values), goals to work toward the mission, strategies to achieve the goals, and action planning (who will do what and by when).The Consultants Development Institute's Series Facilitating Strategic Planning provides free online courses, downloadable tools and interaction with faculty to learn the core skills to facilitate strategic planning for any kind of organization. Most of the information in this topic was adapted from the book Field Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Facilitation.Most of the information in that book applies to for-profits, as well. - - - Some Basic Descriptions of Strategic Planning -- and a Comparison to Business Planning - - - Some Different Models of Strategic Planning - - - For-Profit Versus Nonprofit Strategic Planning Benefits of Strategic Planning When Should Strategic Planning Be Done? Always First Do "Plan for a Plan" Strategic Analyses - - - Taking Wide Look Around the Outside of Organization (Opportunities and Threats) - - - Looking Around Inside the Organization (Strengths and Weaknesses) Setting Strategic Direction - - - Strategizing (identifying goals and methods to achieve them) - - - - - - Understanding Strategy and Strategic Thinking - - - - - - Do a SWOT Analysis of Results of Looking Outside and Inside the Organization?