PLA sponsors one-day workshop on implementing a strategic plan

Contact: Angela Thullen

PLA, Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2006

PLA sponsors one-day workshop on implementing a strategic plan

CHICAGO - On September 18, 2006, the Public Library Association (PLA) is sponsoring a workshop,
Implementing for Results: From Idea to Action, in Pittsburgh. This one-day workshop will provide library managers with the skills they need to use their library's strategic plans as blueprints for change.

Most public libraries have developed at least one strategic plan in the past decade and many update their plans regularly.
However, public library managers have discovered that there is a big difference between planning and doing.
This workshop will include tips and tools to help managers:

* Identify current and new activities

* Evaluate the effectiveness of those activities

* Select preliminary activities

* Put those activities into context and identify strategic initiatives

* Determine the resource requirements for the selected activities

* Develop criteria to select final activities

* Create action plans for each selected activity

* Realign resources to support the final activities

* Monitor the implementation of the final activities

Workshop leader Sandra Nelson is a nationally recognized library consultant specializing in public library planning and management issues.
She has either authored/co-authored or served as editorial consultant for each of the Results series titles.

Implementing for Results will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.
More information about the hotel can be obtained at
PLA has reserved a block of rooms for a special nightly rate.
Due to limited availability, hotel reservations need to be made by August 16, 2006.

Libraries and library systems sending two or more registrants will receive a discount.
Additional pricing information and registration forms are available through the PLA website,
Registrations must be received at the PLA Office by August 31, 2006.

For more information on this and other continuing education programs sponsored by PLA, contact the PLA office at 800-545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA's web site at
PLA is a division of the American Library Association.