What is Helpful (and Not) in the Strategic Planning Process? An Exploratory Survey and Literature Review

Laura Newton Miller


Strategic planning is a necessary undertaking for many university libraries. Through a literature review and an open-ended, exploratory survey to university libraries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom, the researcher was able to get a sense of nuance and importance of some of the parts of the process. Themes are organized into who worked on the process, the timeframe of the plan and process, prioritization and focus, environmental scanning, university plan alignment, and assembling the plan. Understanding what worked (and what did not) can help others who are tasked with taking on lead roles in the strategic planning process, and can enable libraries to create a strategic plan that works best for their staff, users, and institution.


strategic planning; strategic process; priorities; environmental scanning

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