Register for ‘Strategic Planning: What Your Library Board Needs to Know ‘on May 17



Strategic Planning: What Your Library Board Needs to Know a United for Libraries webinar, will be held May 17, 2-3:15 p.m. Eastern, and will be free to those in states with United for Libraries statewide access.

Is your library in the process of creating a strategic plan, or do you need to get your library’s Trustees on board with your current plan? How do you know if it’s time to have a strategic plan, or redo the one you have? This webinar, presented by Public Library Association Board Member Stephanie Chase of Constructive Disruption, and Maura Deedy, Library Advisory Specialist with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and United for Libraries Board Member, will present an overview of the strategic planning process, the board’s role, how to know if and when you should hire a consultant, and more.

Maura Deedy, she/hers, is the Library Advisory Specialist with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, where she consults with library directors, trustees, municipal officials and friends on governance, operational and legal concerns. She supports library directors to be effective leaders and trustees to be successful advocates for their libraries. Prior to joining MBLC, she worked in public libraries in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as an Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services and Reference. Maura serves on the United for Libraries Board, active in the Advocacy, Public Policy and Intellectual Freedom Subcommittee.

Stephanie Chase, she/hers, is the Executive Director of the Libraries of Eastern Oregon and Founding Principal of the Constructive Disruption consultancy. Previously, Stephanie was the Director of Libraries for Hillsboro (OR) and was the Director of Library Programs and Services for The Seattle Public Library. Stephanie is the founder of the Green Mountain (VT) Library Consortium, a statewide library consortium providing digital collections and partnership opportunities to 150 member libraries, a founding member and inaugural chair of the LibraryReads Steering Committee, and currently serves on the Public Library Association Board of Directors and the ALA Council.

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