Strategic Plan

Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies
Strategic Plan
2012-2015

 

Rev. and approved January 23, 2012, MW2012 board meeting by ASCLA Board of Directors.

VISION

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants.

MISSION

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, library cooperatives, and library consultants.

 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

GOAL AREA: ADVOCACY

Goal Statement: ASCLA is an advocate for specialized and cooperative library services.

Objective (1): Ensure our audiences are represented and can articulate their value.

    Activity (a): Develop and implement evaluation of advocacy needs.

    Activity (b): Annually determine which issues and programs to address with advocacy  

                      efforts.

 

GOAL AREA: EQUITABLE ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SERVICES

Goal Statement: ASCLA supports the development of best practices, policies, guidelines and standards as they relate to providing quality services for diverse populations through libraries.

Objective (1):  Policies, guidelines, and standards  are in place that support quality 

                       library services to 

                        diverse populations.

    Activity (a):  Monitor, identify, update and create policies, guidelines and standards    

                        that ensure quality library services.

 

Objective (2):  Members are aware of and utilize guidelines, standards and policies.

    Activity (a):  Develop and implement survey of members.

    Activity (b):  Create public relations to build awareness these products.

 

GOAL AREA: EDUCATION AND LIFE LONG LEARNING

Goal Statement: ASCLA supports the educational and life-long learning needs of  members by providing quality physical and virtual learning opportunities.

Objective (1): Increase the number of quality learning opportunities.

   Activity (a):  Complete training needs assessment of members to guide course

                      development.

   Activity (b):  Design and deliver physical and virtual learning opportunities.

 

Objective (2): Increase the number of networking opportunities

   Activity (a): Coordinate opportunities that relate to the unique needs of consultants,

                      specialized libraries, state libraries, and cooperative systems.

  Activity (b):  Encourage the use and creation of interest groups.

  Activity (c):  Provide physical and virtual networking opportunities for members that

                     support the sharing of ideas and resources.

 

GOAL AREA: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Goal Statement:  ASCLA is effective and responsive to the needs of its members by providing the tools and opportunities that support them.

Objective (1): Responsive to the needs of members.

   Activity (a): Conduct member needs surveys.

   Activity (b): Provide activities and resources to support identified needs.

   Activity (c): Review strategic plan annually and update as appropriate.

 

Objective (2): Communication with members is clear and ongoing.

   Activity (a): Create an effective website for communicating ASCLA services and

                      programs, and for connecting members to each other.

   Activity (b): Continue to enhance and grow the Interface newsletter.

   Activity (c): Use a variety of social networking tools to engage members.

 

Objective (3): Build awareness of ASCLA to increase membership.

   Activity (a): Create and implement quality marketing tools.

   Activity (b): Identify publications to provide articles and stories that support the mission

                     of ASCLA.

 

Objective (4): Ensure ASCLA is a fiscally sound division.

   Activity (a): Review business plan annually and update as needed.

   Activity (b): Create and implement a resource development plan.