Dynamic Planning Institute

PLA Dynamic Planning Institute - October 5–7, 2016 - DC Public Library, Washington, D.C.October 5–7, 2016: in-person training
DC Public Library, Washington, D.C.

September 2016–November 2016: 3 months of personalized online learning

PLA’s new Dynamic Planning Institute, with content developed and delivered by trainer Stephanie Gerding, will blend an intensive in-person workshop with 3 months of personalized online learning. In addition to covering best practices in strategic planning and project management, this program will be unique in its focus on simple, low-cost planning. Participants will learn how to create a dynamic strategic plan, in a timely manner, which will serve as a living document and create actionable pathways for decision making, community involvement, and funding priorities.

Strategic planning doesn’t need to be a tedious, expensive, time-intensive process, resulting in a static document that becomes rapidly out of touch with changing community needs. Dynamic planning creates strategies that are truly adaptive. A dynamic plan brings clarity and organizational effectiveness while providing nimble solutions during uncertain times, allowing libraries to meet change while it is happening.

This program’s blended learning approach will meet you where you are and incorporate current methodologies for your unique library environment. Participants will engage online with one another and gather necessary information before coming together in person. During the in-person training, participants will gain the knowledge and skills to successfully engage staff and community members in creating a strategic, actionable plan that will empower their libraries and meet the needs of their 21st century communities. They will begin drafting plans in this supportive environment. After the event, participants will return to the online setting as they apply what they have learned and submit plans for feedback.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of the training, participants will know how to:

  • Organize, design, and implement dynamic strategic planning in a library environment while creating a living and actionable plan
  • Incorporate current methodologies for assessing and engaging community and staff, establishing priorities, assessing and managing risk, and using project management tools
  • Utilize key time saving principles, including using existing data, quick methods for getting input and buy-in from staff and stakeholders, and incorporating existing community plans
  • Apply best practices in dynamic library planning using the most updated methods and tools for communicating plans and achieving continual results

Who Should Attend

The Dynamic Planning Institute is recommended for public library staff directly involved in the creation and implementation of the library’s strategic plan, including, but not exclusive to: directors, managers, supervisors, and department heads. This program will most benefit library staff with beginning to intermediate knowledge of strategic planning issues, and offers particularly high value to those in smaller libraries or library systems.

Registration Information

Registration for PLA's 2016 Dynamic Planning Institute is closed. To be notified when registration opens for the next PLA Dynamic Planning Institute, please submit your name and e-mail address.

Program Details


DC Public Library
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – Central Library
901 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Date Times Event
Thursday, Sept. 1 N/A Online Community Opens
Sept. 12–16 TBD based on participant schedules Live Webinar
Wednesday, Oct. 5–Thursday, Oct. 6 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Eastern In-Person Workshop
12:00–1:00 PM Eastern Lunch
1:00–5:00 PM Eastern In-Person Workshop
Friday, Oct. 7 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Eastern In-Person Workshop
12:00 PM Eastern Dismissal
Nov. 7–11 TBD based on participant schedules Live Webinar
Wednesday, Nov. 30 N/A Online Community Closes


Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.

Member Category Fee
PLA Member $800
ALA Member $900
Nonmember $950

Hotel and Travel

Hotel and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendees. Hotels close to the DCPL Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, along with estimated rates for early October,* include:

ALA has a special rate of $222 at the Cambria Hotel & Suites, Washington DC Convention Center. It is a 15-min. walk from the DCPL Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. If you are interested in this special rate, please book at https://www.choicehotels.com/district-of-columbia/washington/cambria-hotels/dc018/rates?ratePlanCode=LALA. There are a limited amount of rooms at this hotel and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.*

*The above rates are not guaranteed, and PLA is not responsible for changes in hotel rates.


A morning refreshment break, lunch, and afternoon refreshment break will be provided on October 5 and 6. A morning refreshment break will be provided on October 7. These are included in the registration fee.  Breakfast and dinner are the responsibility of the registrant.

Cancelations and Refunds

Written cancelations and requests for refunds will be accepted by the PLA Office until September 9, 2016 and are subject to a $50 processing fee. Refunds will be processed after October 7, 2016. No refund requests will be accepted after September 9, 2016.

Cancelation of Event

This program is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration, or for other reasons, 30 days in advance of the event. PLA will refund any registration charges; however neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancelation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to any cancelations. 


Please contact Angela Maycock, Manager, Continuing Education, at amaycock@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5024.