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A Catalyst for Connections: A Collaborative Strategic Planning Process

Kear, Robin and Brenner, Aaron L (2015) A Catalyst for Connections: A Collaborative Strategic Planning Process. In: Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference, 20 October 2015 - 20 October 2015. (Unpublished)

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A revamped inclusive strategic planning process in the University Library System (ULS) has created two kinds of connections. It has created new connections in the library system and new partnerships with the university. In a yearly cycle, the Planning and Budget Committee (PBC) thinks about and creates strategic direction for the library system by gathering input from all library staff in a variety of ways. In the words of one PBC member: “What I love most about PBC is that everyone in the ULS has a voice. And there's a process that moves from highlighting lots of individual thoughts to discovering collective concerns.” These collective concerns strive to create strategic vision for partnerships outside of the library. A main benefit of the reinvigorated planning process has been the creation of connections between staff in a very large, distributed library environment. In the words of another PBC member, these connections are “fostering relationships across the organization that otherwise would have been a real challenge. PBC alumni take away friendships with people from across the ULS, and those friendships help us all build bridges for collaboration moving forward.” Two chairs of the PBC will present their findings of connectivity in this planning process and how you can apply it in your own settings.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kear, Robinrlk25@pitt.eduRLK250000-0003-1072-7708
Brenner, Aaron Labrenner@pitt.eduABRENNER0000-0002-6401-8643
Date: 20 October 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference
Event Dates: 20 October 2015 - 20 October 2015
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: No
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 17:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:10


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