25 March 2013

@ The Library: Well-Behaved Women & Strategic Planning

March better go out like a lamb, that is all that I am saying. After another week that had my library closing because of snowfall -- on the last day of Winter, even, good call -- I am going to make sure that April displays are full of sunshine, plants, and brightness. 

Plus my open-toe shoes are calling...

On to the rest of this month's displays! After St. Patrick's Day ended I wanted to make sure to commemorate Women's History Month, but did not want to do straight history, or completely non-fiction. There are definitely strong women in fiction also, of all ages. 

I used to have the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quote, "Well behaved women seldom make history," as a bumper sticker on my car. Sadly that has gone the way of "car gets rear ended and bumper gets replaced," so my car is rather blank right now. However, that quote was perfect for this display, and with the ubiquitous image of Rosie the Riveter, I brought together a display of books featuring women who displayed their strength, sometimes in ways that definitely were not "well behaved."

Then of course this past week we lost Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. I have been lax on reading his books, however Things Fall Apart is a title that has been in my head for a very long time. It is probably time to get acquainted.

I have been at my library for almost a year now, and one of the priorities listed when I took the job was updating our strategic plan. Needless to say, it is woefully out of date. This will be my first time participating in one at the library level, although I just recently was on the strategic planning committee for my network. However, there are definitely big differences: first off, we will not have a consultant all the way through. Most of the leg work (and hand work, AKA writing) will be done by me, but we have some very good consultants at the Massachusetts Library System to help guide and facilitate one meeting. So, my first goal was to review Sandra Nelson's Strategic Planning for Results, which has been amazingly helpful. I attended a roundtable on strategic planning through the MLS also, so I am starting off with some good background information. 

My Board and I developed a list of people we wanted to invite to be on the committee, and some have happily responded. We will probably look for a couple more to be on the committee, and now I am putting together a snapshot of the library for the last five years.

Has anyone else participated with their library's strategic plan? Do you have any pointers or advice?