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WAAL09: Tale (Tail) of the Tyger

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on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Tale (Tail) of the TygerRev. Dr. David Joyce, President of Ripon College What do you think of when you hear "Ripon"? Harrison Ford, Rippin' Good cookies, and now "The bike thing"Goal: Appreciate the worth in yourself and others so that you can influence and create your own future We spend too much time picking things apart, and not enough time putting things together "Nothing endures but change" - Heraclitus (500 B.C.) The rules are changing in this economy - old ways of doing things don't necessarily work - can't just look to the past - it used to be that if stocks were down, then bonds were up - not right now! Fear-based decision-making:We instill fear in others to control what they do or don't doHow much do we do or not do because we're afraid of what might happen? Transformational Process:May be considered "inefficient" because time intensive - I meet...

WAPL - Where are we going? Strategic Planning for Results

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on Thursday, May 01, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Cheryl Becker of the South Central Library System presented information on the PLA strategic planning process called Strategic Planning for Results.Where is your library going? A strategic plan is a road map for the library. Planning is to prepare to do, and there is not enough money to do everything. The planning process helps to set priorities so that wise choices can be made. It is important to plan, but it should be done quickly so that you can get on with the doing.Planning is about change. Keep the planning process short so you can do. The process as envisioned by PLA, needs to be community based. Three assumptions:Excellence must be defined locally.Excellence is possible for all libraries of all sizesExcellence is a moving target.There are four key points:Community Based PlanningLibrary Service PrioritiesMeasures for SuccessManaging ChangeThere are extensive handouts.It is a good idea to have an outside facilitator who can be...

WLA 2007: Library Conference Planning 101: Backs to the WAAL

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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As a newbie to the WAAL 2008 planning committee, I couldn't believe my luck. An entire session on planning the WAAL conference, by members of last year's committee!I was so impressed by these folks - they put a lot of good energy and work into coordinating a successful conference, and they clearly had fun doing it. Oh, and not only that, but they put that same amount of energy and fun into this session. They even brought a basket of candy for attendees, and gave out door prizes! Wow.They had tons of practical tips and words of wisdom to share:Committee member pins and t-shirts ("It will be okay... I promise") helped establish team camaraderieGet to know your conference site staff, and show appreciationIn-house program booklet is a lot of work and versioning can be difficult, but saves moneyConference headquarters room for committee members is helpfulMost program applications will come within...