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More Suggestions for Writing SMART Objectives:


S M A R T

Timely
  • Identifies target date
  • Includes interim steps and a plan to monitor progress

Example #1:

Original Objective:
The Communications Committee will update the "IS Publications Policies and Procedures Manual," clarifying the various Section publications categories and the processes for creating, approving, and disseminating those publications.

Timely Objective:
The Communications Committee will update the "IS Publications Policies and Procedures Manual" by Annual Conference 2001, clarifying the various Section publications categories and the processes for creating, approving, and disseminating those publications.

Example #2:

Original Objective:
The Revision of the Model Statement Task Force will revise the current Model Statement published by the ALA/ACRL/BI Section published in Read This First: An Owner's Guide to the new Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction (1991).

Timely Objective:
The Revision of the Model Statement Task Force will revise the current Model Statement published by the ALA/ACRL/BI Section published in Read This First: An Owner's Guide to the new Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction (1991). The revision is being conducted in accordance with the 1998 Final Report of the Model Statement of Objectives Task Force with a targeted completion date of June 30, 2001. A draft of the revised Model Statement will be posted on the Section's Web site and a public hearing on the draft will be held at ALA Annual, 2001.


Final Thoughts on SMART Objectives:

Lastly, objectives should also include information about:

  • Materials and resources needed
  • Evaluation (the ultimate purpose of measurable objectives)

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