Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a crucial activity in the success of many organizations, enabling them to focus on a common set of significant issues and yielding a powerful and shared sense of the future. NEO-RLS offers two Strategic Planning Tracks to fit your situation and can work with you to customize the process further as needed.  We will help you get the process started, keep it on track by guiding your Board, community stakeholders and staff in defining long-term goals and objectives and by providing a framework for the final report and subsequent action.  Click here for detailed information on our process and costs.

Through our Gold Membership we were able to take advantage of the Strategic Planning Services offered through NEO. In the past Strategic Planning had been a daunting task without a skilled facilitator. Within a few hours, Betsy actively engaged the Library Board to create focus areas in which achievable goals could be created. Our library team was also involved in the process and with Betsy’s help objectives and action plans were added to build a tangible working plan. The Kingsville Public Library is pleased that, in just 6 months, objectives from the new Strategic Plan are being met through our smart action steps. We now have a solid strategy to better fulfill our mission. -- Mariana Branch, Director, Kingsville Public Library

Thank you again for the tremendous amount of work ... put in to create MRCPL's Strategic Plan.  I, the board of trustees, and library staff enjoyed the process and are thrilled with the result.  Thank you! -- Chris May, Director, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Libraries that have used NEO-RLS to facilitate their Strategic Planning process include the following:

Public Libraries
  • Ashtabula County District Library 
  • Avon Lake Public Library
  • Barberton Public Library
  • Burton Public Library  
  • Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library      
  • Cuyahoga Falls Library                    
  • East Cleveland Public Library 
  • Grafton-Midview Public Library  
  • Kingsville Public Library         
  • Kirtland Public Library
  • Licking County Library
  • Lorain Public Library System
  • Mansfield/Richland County Public Library  
  • Marvin Memorial Library
  • McKinley Memorial Library 
  • Medina County District Library
  • Mentor Public Library
  • North Canton Public Library
  • Orrville Public Library
  • Portage County District Library
  • Ritter Public Library  
  • Sandusky Library 
  • Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
  • Twinsburg Public Library        
  • Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
  • Westlake Porter Public Library

Academic Libraries
  • University Libraries, University of Akron
  • Ritter Library, Baldwin Wallace University