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"Taking Charge of Your Library's Future"
Planning Resources


 Planning Methods

C.L.I.P. Continual Library Improvement Program: A Planning Process for Nebraska Libraries, by Vicki Luther & Milan Wall.  Nebraska Library Commission.  Lincoln, NE: 1994.

Strategic Planning for Results, by Sandra S. Nelson.  Public Library Association. Chicago: .

Profiling Your Community. New Pathways to Planning, Kansas State Library

 Examples of Library Strategic Plans

Boulder Public Library Master Plan

DeKalb County Library's Strategic Plan

Appleton Public Library Long Range Plan

 More on Planning

Strategic Planning in Smaller Nonprofit Organizations

Basic Guidelines for Successful Planning Process

 Getting Information from Community Members

User Surveys: Libraries Ask, "Hey, How Am I Doing?" Dwight B. King, Jr.

Library User Surveys on the Web

The Survey System file

Adapting to the Current Economic Climate in Non-Metropolitan Nebraska. Center for Applied Rural Innovation

Designing Surveys that Count

Basics of Developing Questionnaires

What is a Survey?  By Fritz Scheuren

Community Survey

eSurvey Software

A Few Good Online Survey Tools for Your Nonprofit

 Sources of Demographic and Socio-Economic and Statistical Data

American Factfinder


Where Can I Find Statistics about Nebraska Counties and Towns

Maps of Nebraska

County Business Patterns

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Economy at a glance: Nebraska

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

FFIEC Geocoding System

FFIEC Census Reports

Nebraska Public Power District

Community Information

Nebraska Economic Development Online-Community GIS Information

National Center for Educational Statistics

Nebraska Department of Education

2007-2008 State of the Schools Report

Data and Information

Migrant Education Program

Community Development Homepage.  Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Research and Statistical Data. Nebraska Health and Human Services System

Nebraska At-A-Glance.

Nebraska...Our Towns, a historical extension of Virtual Nebraska - Nebraska

Nebraska.  RUPRI State Demographic & Economic Profiles

Migration Information Source

Nebraska Rural Poll

Business in Nebraska

Indicators and Data.  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Will the Rural Economy Rebound in 2010?  by  Jason Henderson.  Economic Review,  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

 Information on Libraries

ALA Web site increases visibility for library research, statistics

Public Library Geographic Database

Public Library Statistical Data

Library Statistics. Institute of Museum and Library Services

Library User Surveys on the Web Library Research Service

 Developing the Community Profile

Identifying Hidden Assets and Opportunities in Your Community(or What You Don't Know About Your Community Spells Lost Opportunities) 
     A Webinar from the University of Nebraska Extension

Community Analysis Methods and Evaluative Options: The CAMEO Handbook

Demographic and Economic Analysis.  University of Nebraska Rural Initiative.

Local Indicators for Excellence

Developing a Community Profile.  Ohio State University

Developing a Community Profile.  Center for Urban Transportation Research.  University of South Florida.

Thinking about planning a health promotion project

Community Toolbox.   University of Kansas.

 Examples of Community Profiles

Best Small Library in America Award

Community Profile & Plan Elements.  Village of Libertyville

Keene Community Profile

Community Profiles.  University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Community Profile. City of Republic [MO]

Community Needs Assessment

Community Needs Assessment Survey Guide  Utah State University extension

Needs Assessment Tutorial.  University of Arizona Library Needs Assessment and Data Management Project Team.

Some Help Working with Statistics

Tips on Presenting Your Data with Tables and Graphs

Census Bureau Geographic Hierarchy

Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

Statistics Every Writer Should Know

technotes.  Business and Cooperative Programs.  USDA.

"Not just another pretty picture," by Hilary Davis.   In The Library With The Lead Pipe,  November 11, 2009

Against All Odds:  Inside Statistics (Series of videos)


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