1st Edition

Strategic Planning in Higher Education Implementing New Roles for the Academic Library

By James F Williams Ii Copyright 1991
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this refreshing new volume, strategic planning of budget management is looked at with a broad, positive perspective. Whether because of cuts in funding, enrollment decline, or academic cutbacks, the necessity for strategic planning in a university comes out of unfavorable circumstances. The chapters cover the planning process from start to finish, with an emphasis on a final goal of bringing the library’s status from one of an economic competitor to a deserving equal in the eyes of the academic community. The development of programs and long--term goals for various programs with realistic results in mind are stressed in this timely book.

    Strategic planning can be an effective managing tool in the midst of uncertainty and constant change. Cooperation, collaboration, and communication are all essentials for reaching this goal, and the authors of the 13 chapters describe in detail past instances in which these were successful. Readers will find that several major themes tie the diverse chapters of this book together, such as becoming successful in applying for limited institutional resources; giving the library’s goals a more prominent position among the members of the campus administration; and using the planning exercise to help the members of the academic community better understand the administrative decision-making process. Written by college and university presidents, campus planners, and librarians, this book clearly outlines the methods and benefits of strategic planning and provides an encouraging picture of what can be achieved when the process is used.

    Contents Introduction
    • Strategic Planning and Management: A Methodology for Responsible Change
    • Strategic Planning at Iowa State University: Affirmation and Expectations
    • Inserting the Library Into a Broader Campus Planning Process
    • The Dreams of the Reasonable: Integrating Library and University Planning
    • Refocusing, Rebalancing, and Refining (R3): The Libraries’ Role in Strategic Long-Range Planning at Michigan State University
    • The University of Iowa Libraries’ Strategic Plan
    • The Library Long-Range Planning Process at Wayne State
    • Transforming the Library: Strategic Planning at Bradley University-- The University Perspective
    • Transforming the Library: Strategic Planning at Bradley University--The Library Perspective
    • Conformity and Diversity: Local Library Planning in a Multi-Campus System
    • Planning for Diversity: Strategic Planning for an Urban Academic Library
    • University Libraries and Academic Strategic Planning at the University of Cincinnati
    • A Strategic Planning Process for the Multi-Campus University System: The Role of One Campus and its Library
    • A Strategic Planning Imperative: The Penn State Experience


    Williams Ii, James F