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Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

Consulting assistance is available to public library directors interested in developing a strategic plan using PLA’s Strategic Planning for Results as a guide. A consultant can assist you with any of the following:

  • Meet regularly with the consultant (via phone) during the process
  • Develop a timeline and list of tasks for the overall planning process (assigned between the director and consultant), which may include:
    • gathering community input
    • researching other community data
    • performing library assessment(s) (Edge assessment, public library standards)
    • identifying participants in planning meetings
    • preparing for planning meetings
    • hosting planning meetings
    • drafting and finalizing the strategic plan document
  • Present at board meetings to discuss the importance of a strategic plan and what the process looks like
  • Facilitate staff and/or community stakeholder meeting(s) to discuss any or all of the following:
    • overall planning process (as designed by the director and consultant)
    • library history, current activities, and general library trends
    • library vision/mission statements (review or create as needed)
    • library strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis)
    • services responses (as defined by Strategic Planning for Results)
    • high-level goals
  • Work with identified individuals (usually library director and staff) to develop goals and objectives for the strategic plan or provide feedback on goals and objectives as they’re developed
  • Provide feedback on a draft plan
If you need more information or are interested in getting started, please contact Darci Hanning: or 503-378-2527.


Darci Hanning
Public Library Consultant

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