Dynamic Planning Institute

PLA Dynamic Planning Institute

PLA’s new Dynamic Planning Institute, with content developed and delivered by trainer Stephanie Gerding, blends 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 is 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.


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