ACRL Strategic Planning

ACRL Plan for Excellence

In November 2019, the ACRL Board of Directors updated the ACRL Plan for Excellence originally adopted July 1, 2011 and reviewed annually since.

Development of the Strategic Plan

The ACRL Plan for Excellence was developed with significant member input and informed by the latest available trend data. At the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference in 2010, the ACRL Leadership Council identified challenges facing academic librarianship and prioritized areas for action. These conversations along with Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians, the 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries and The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report, as well as the 2010 Strategic Plan Activities Report, informed the strategic plan development process.

The ACRL Board of Directors dedicated its fall 2010 Strategic Planning and Orientation Session to drafting a new strategic plan. The ACRL Board accomplished the goal of creating a focused and streamlined plan in drafting the ACRL Plan for Excellence. ACRL members were invited to provide feedback to the ACRL Board of Directors via an online survey and during table discussions at the 2011 Midwinter Leadership Council Session. The Board adopted the ACRL Plan for Excellence on April 20, 2011, to be effective July 1, 2011.

Since 2011, the ACRL Board of Directors has regularly conducted an environmental scan and reviewed and amended the Plan for Excellence to reflect environmental changes. The Board of Directors also regularly seeks input from the membership through membership surveys and engagement with member leaders at the biannual Leadership Councils.

Implementation and Assessment

ACRL's strategic planning process continues with the development of annual work plans for each of the goal areas and quarterly reports articulating progress. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for ACRL’s enabling programs are developed and reported to help the Board evaluate these programs. All ACRL Division-level committees are charged by the Board with advancing ACRL's strategic goal areas or enabling programs and services. Through the Annual Work Plan Process, the Board guides and assesses ACRL's progress in implementing the ACRL Plan for Excellence.