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Crash Course in Strategic Planning

by Stephen A. Matthews and Kimberly D. Matthews

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August 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 101
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Management and Administration/Strategic Planning
Description

For practitioners, this text provides an easy-to-understand approach to strategic planning and execution.

The general recipe for achieving an intended outcome is equal parts of the following: clear vision and mission, a practical strategic plan, daily activities linked to the mission, and unified commitment to the plan. However, orchestrating the details of these necessary components is somewhat more complicated.

Crash Course in Strategic Planning uses a process approach to the creation of a strategic plan, providing practitioners with no-nonsense instruction on planning. The volume is arranged to lead the reader through the stages of planning, from the beginning development stages through the execution of the plan to completing the plan and attaining the objective. A variety of recommended planning techniques are supplied for groups to use to accomplish their planning goals, and the final chapter emphasizes the importance of overall organizational commitment to execution of the plan.

Features

  • Presents a step-by-step, process-oriented approach for practitioners
    Provides examples of measurements and evaluations of plans
    Includes illustrations for levels of planning, planning cycle, and examples of helpful charts
Author Info

Stephen A. Matthews, PhD, MLS, is a rural library consultant at the Utah State Library, where he consults with 12 small and rural library staff and boards, and was project coordinator during its 2012 development of a new strategic plan. He holds a doctorate in adult, occupational, and continuing education from Kansas State University, and earned a master's degree in library science at Emporia State University. Matthews and his wife operated Matthews Education Consulting, a provider of consulting and training services in education technology and technology-based educational products.

Kimberly D. Matthews, MLS, MBA, is executive director of the Trenton Free Public Library, which she led through two recent downsizings due to budget cuts of nearly 50 percent. She has reengineered all internal processes for increased fiscal responsibility and economy of resources, and implemented new policies for all areas of service and operation. Matthews has served on the board of LYRASIS and the Central NJ Regional Library Cooperative. Kimberly earned her master's degree in library science from Emporia State University and her master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Her library career has included working with NASA, the Smithsonian, Washington State University, and several public library systems. Before joining the Trenton Free Public library, Matthews spent nearly a decade on the management team for the award-winning Salt Lake City Public Library.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Truly presents the reader with a comprehensive overview of how to step into the role of the library administrator in charge of creating a vision and mission for the library. . . . This text could easily be used by the inexperienced librarian thrown into the role of library management and administration, either by choice or by necessity. The work is a great review as well as introduction to the life of a librarian, illustrating both the positive and the challenging situations."—ARBA

Series Description

Crash Course


The Crash Course series was created for library staff who need basic information on various service-specific topics. The titles in this series take a simple, "how-to" approach that focuses on providing all the fundamental knowledge needed for day-to-day library services. The books can serve as handy references, practical workshop guides, or effective training manuals, and will be useful to new librarians as well as staff who may need refresher information for new areas of responsibility.

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