ID: 247 / Workshop D-02: 1
Topics: Roadmap of our Profession
Keywords: Strategic planning, institutional alignment
Meaningful and Strategic Alignment – A Roadmap for Library Success
Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States of America
It is important for libraries to have strategic plans aligned with institutional vision and missions. Libraries often develop their plans in a “library knows best” vacuum without really building their strategic plan from the user perspective. Our assumptions regarding the needs of our key stakeholders is often clouded by history and tradition and by asking the wrong questions of our communities.
Attendees should bring their current institutional strategic plans and any existing library strategic plans, translated into English. During the workshop we will look at the strategic plans and work together in small groups on development of strategies for each library, sharing ideas and suggestions. Each attendee will at least leave with a roadmap for plan development.
We will discuss identifying key stakeholders, developing key questions to ask, methods for asking the questions, and developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant or Results-Oriented, Time-bound) goals.
Learning outcomes : By the end of this workshop attendees will: Discuss and understand the importance of strategic plans aligned with institutional visions and missions; Examine, share, and discuss their unique institutional attributes and challenges; Develop open-ended questions for use when working with key stakeholders; Share strategies for gathering feedback from key stakeholders; Discuss feedback analysis; Understand the definition for, and importance of SMART goals when developing strategic plans; Create a strategic planning action plan for the home library
Type of interactivity : Practical exercises reviewing institutional strategic plans. Group work. Guided conversation.
Level : Intermediate
Target audience : Library Managers or directors needing to position their libraries for a relevent future
Preparation for the session : Yes
Biography and Bibliography
M.J. Tooey is Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Region and the National DOCLINE Coordinating Office. Tooey served as president of the Medical Library Association (2005-2006) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (2012-2013). She is a Fellow of MLA and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She received the 1997 MLA Estelle Brodman Award and was the 2016 MLA Janet Doe Lecturer. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool. Tooey is the author or co-author of over 200 chapters, articles, presentations or posters. Her professional interests include leadership, emerging trends, library innovation and design, ethics, and mentoring.