New Library Directors Handbook

Preparing to Plan

  • Look at your resources for ideas on what you have and what you'll need to plan effectively.
  • Figure out what you will have to do and how much time it will take.
  • How are you going to keep people informed? Open lines of communication are vital to a successful plan.
  • Select and orient a planning committee. This committee will be the driving force behind your long range planning, so you should have a strong chair who has credibility with the community, commitment, good people skills and an ability to deliver.
  • Orientation brings people up to speed on the library, what's done there and why. Don't overwhelm people with information, but they should understand how a library works.