Planning Strategically

13 10 2009

Today we had a strategic planning day at the library.  Ever since I’ve started in the library profession, the message that I’ve heard over and over is that change is the only constant.  Considering that it’s all new to me, I’m open to change and adaptable.  We were looking at the college strategic plan and the ACRL Assumptions for the Future of Academic and Research Libraries.  These assumptions are:

1. There will be an increased emphasis on digitizing collections, preserving digital archives, and improving methods of data storage and retrieval.
2. The skill set for librarians will continue to evolve in response to the needs and expectations of the changing populations (student and faculty) that they serve.
3. Students and faculty will increasingly demand faster and greater access to services.
4. Debates about intellectual property will become increasingly common in higher education.
5. The demand for technology related services will grow and require additional funding.
6. Higher education will increasingly view the institution as a business.
7. Students will increasingly view themselves as customers and consumers, expecting high quality facilities and services.
8. Distance learning will be an increasingly common option in higher education and will co-exist but not threaten the traditional bricks-and-mortar model.9. Free, public access to information stemming from publicly funded research will continue to grow.
10. Privacy will continue to be an important issue in librarianship.

One of the challenges of working with these assumptions is to look at them as what might be, not necessarily at should it be this way.  This process was thought provoking and provided direction for the future.  However, these assumptions are only that.  There definitely needs to be a recognition that change might need to happen during any part of this plan.  As they say in one of my favorite musicals, “except for death and paying taxes, everything in life is only for now.”




One response

17 10 2009

Wow, I didn’t even realize you changed careers. I’ll go scold Mike for not telling me. 🙂

11. Attention spans are shrinking exponentially.

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