P.O. 8 Administration and Management: Aid in effective and appropriate change in library and information services through collaboration, communication, and collegiality.
The purpose of Leadership and Administration of Information Organizations (LI805) is to learn about the management of information agencies through practical theory and hands on work. As part of the course we were required to create a strategic plan encompassing such things as developing an organizational profile and mission statement, performing a SWOT analysis, creating an action plan with prioritized goals covering two fiscal years, constructing a budget, and realizing contingencies to our plan. Some of our work derived from Allison and Kaye’s theories in their book Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations.
For our strategic plan my group decided to take a real life library branch and expand it into a facility that catered to everyone in the community. While the basis was real the expansion was more imaginative. The library as it was has programming centered on young children and the goal was to reach out to the adults in the community by providing increased computer access, education, and outreach. We added a fictional basement for a computer area that was capable to host educational workshops, developed a plan for testing and implementing workshops as well as an adult book club. We also established priorities for better Internet and Website access as well as outreach to schools and community and senior centers.
I have to say that this was the most fun I have had on a group project. For some reason the playfulness of Seuss prevailed in our project and let our imaginations take route as to how we could improve the services to the community at the small library branch. This artifact demonstrates my ability to collaboratively work with a team in order to effectively complete a strategic plan to implement a change in library services.