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Strategic Planning Tips and Tools to Move Your Library Forward

Strategic Planning Tips and Tools to Help Your Library Move Forward

Should you think about strategic planning in the middle of a crisis? What does a strategic planning process look like in turbulent times? While looking ahead three or more years may be out of the question, strategy is necessary to help your library bring order to the unknown and provide the road map your library needs to feel secure in your decisions and communicate with stakeholders.

If your library is struggling to move forward, stuck in “what if” ping-pong, this webinar is for you. In this interactive and informative program, we’ll talk about:

  • Acting Strategically Now: It’s critical to think and act strategically during chaos – and imperative for organizational unity. Learn how you can apply strategic planning fundamentals in a productive way to help you confidently make decisions.
  • Tools for Moving Forward: Now is the time to lean on tools (like scenario planning and theories of change) to help you facilitate meaningful discussions with your team to prepare for next steps.

Learn how to leverage your strategic planning knowledge and experience in new ways to help your library successfully navigate the coming months and years. This webinar will help library staff with a role in organization strategy build capacity to negotiate how planning for the future is changing and level up their ability to respond.

Amanda Standerfer ~ Biography

Amanda’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda has served as a consultant and facilitator, working with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. Amanda is currently the Director of Development & Promotion for The Urbana (IL) Free Library. he’s spent half of her career working in philanthropy (as Program Officer for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Mattoon, IL and as Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon, IL) and the other half in libraries (as Head of the Adult Division at the Decatur (IL) Public Library and as Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL). She loves melding her library and philanthropy knowledge – calling herself a “philanthro- brarian.”

Amanda has twice been elected to the Board of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) most recently completing a three- year term in 2016. She also served as an elected Trustee for the Windsor Storm Memorial Public Library in Windsor, IL. Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time (MST):
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
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