Developing a Vision: Strategic Planning and the Library Media Specialist

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Libraries Unlimited, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 132 pages
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The library media specialist can become a leader in the process of restructuring a school through methods of strategic planning. Crowley, who has given workshops around the country on strategic planning for the library media center, shows library media specialists how to use their unique skills to help direct the planning team that is charged with developing a vision for the school's future. Through text and graphics, Crowley designs a roadmap to the strategic planning process and shows the pitfalls to avoid. He also outlines the parallel planning the library professional must do for the library media center itself; both planning processes are carried out simultaneously and should be closely interwoven. This work will be valuable to school library media specialists and administrators, as well as to educators who are involved in school restructuring. This work emphasizes the role of the library professional as information expert, external environment scanner, and cataloger. The decisions a school must make as it develops a vision of the future should be based on current and accurate information, and the library media specialist is the logical choice to assume the role of information expert for the strategic planning process. The process, as outlined by Crowley, begins with the case for the strategic planning process, and follows with chapters on external scanning, internal scanning, organizational analysis, developing a vision statement, mission statement, action plans, setting priorities, and keeping strategic planning dynamic.
 

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Why isn't the school library a first thought for students and teachers when thinking about 21st century learning? This book shows the teacher librarian how to develop a strategic plan and vision to ... Read full review

Contents

External Scanning
13
Internal Scanning
29
Organizational Analysis
41
Vision Statement
49
Mission Statement
69
Developing Action Plans
81
Setting Priorities
99
Action Plans and Budgetary Considerations
107
Keeping Strategic Planning Dynamic
113
Caveats and Serendipity
119
BIBLIOGRAPHY
127
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JOHN D. CROWLEY is Director of Learning Resources and Technology at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. He played a key role in developing the strategic planning process for his school and in 1991 was named Connecticut State Library Media Specialist of the Year by the Connecticut Educational Media Association. Over the last five years he has given workshops on strategic planning and the library media specialist at library association conferences around the country. In 1989 and 1993 Joel Barlow High School was named a School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Srategic planning played a vital role in its selection.

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