PLA to offer strategic planning workshop at conference for rural and small libraries

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/12/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) announced today that it will hold a one-day workshop on strategic planning specifically for small and rural libraries. The PLA Dynamic Planning Institute, will be offered as a preconference session at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, taking place September 6-9 in St. George, Utah. The workshop will provide an overview of best practices in strategic planning for small and rural libraries, with a unique focus on simple, quick, low-cost planning that meets community needs. 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 preconference is an especially good fit for libraries that don’t have the time or staff to devote to an expensive, large-scale planning effort.

Participants will learn 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, and assessing and managing risk
  • 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

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Dixie Center
1835 Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Cost: $100 per person (includes lunch & refreshments)
ARSL Conference registration not required

Click here to to register for Dynamic Planning Institute through the ARSL Conference portal. Questions about the Dynamic Planning Institute should be directed to Angela Maycock at or 800-545-2433, ex. 5024.