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Dissertation Information for Christine Murchio

- Christine Murchio

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- Rutgers University (USA) (1991)

- James D. Anderson
- Betty J. Turock

- Ralph Blasingame
- Douglas H. Jones

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Formal strategic planning in selected New Jersey public libraries: Case studies

Abstract: The primary objective of the study was to describe the extent to which formal strategic planning is done within selected public libraries. Secondary objectives were to identify factors encouraging planning's success and pitfalls preventing libraries from deriving the full benefit of planning.

Research sites were at or above the 75th percentile of per capita expenditures and professional staff levels. Data for the study were collected through structured, in-depth interviews with directors, directors' sorts of planning pitfall statements (according to their occurrence and problem status), and the researcher' s examination of relevant planning documents generated by the libraries.

The principle research questions addressed by the study focused on professional management backgrounds of directors, the degree and nature of planning done, how librarians function as planners, reasons libraries plan at the level they do, and whether the individual libraries plan according to directors' definitions of the term.

The major findings are that directors' experience as such ranges from 1 to 20 years; the dominant "planning" approach is that of day-to-day management of the libraries; planning is more tactical than strategic in nature; pitfalls encountered are not deemed problems; and most planners provide information for planning, recommend specific courses of action, and make final decisions relevant to planning. Limited resources, lack of planning readiness, and lack of knowledge of planning methods constrain planning. According to directors' definitions of the term "planning," all of the libraries plan.

Tactical planning may be more feasible and useful than strategic planning for public libraries. The process of planning itself could be valuable in helping libraries focus on important issues, such as their roles within their communities, and in helping libraries survive.

MPACT Scores for Christine Murchio

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:10:00

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