Strategic Planning for Public Library Accreditation
The Nebraska Public Library Accreditation Guidelines are based on the principle that a good library is a library that is
serving the unique needs of its own community. Therefore, the Accreditation Guidelines require that each library applying
for accreditation submit a strategic plan that addresses how the library will serve those needs.
The strategic plan must be up-to-date and include the following 7 elements:
Strategic Planning Process in
Strategic Planning in a Nutshell
- The library's mission statement.
- A community profile.
- An assessment of community needs. (A library's first responsibility is to address the needs of its
- An analysis of library strengths and weaknesses; and, an analysis of opportunities and threats outside the library.
- An analysis of what all this means and where the library can contribute to community progress, based on the previous 3 steps.
- Specific goals with measurable objectives or action plans that provide details
including timelines, assignment of
- A plan for evaluation of accomplishment, and a summary of evaluation of previous accomplishments.
(NCompass Live presentation from
Strategic Plan Examples:
Interviews -- "Bookville" Public Library
Libraries which do not have a plan in place may use the following guide
to create a strategic plan:
Strategic Planning Templates and Guides:
Please contact Richard Miller with questions about Accreditation via email or at 402.471.3175.
- About Accreditation
- Public Library Accreditation FAQs
- 12 Minimum Qualifications
- Accreditation Program History
- Sample Accreditation Application
- List of all Nebraska Public Libraries with their accreditation standing & next accreditation year
- Public Libraries Statistical Survey