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Library Value Toolkit V2

Task Force Recommendations

"Image courtesy of [Master isolated images] /".What do we think you should keep in mind?

Recommendation 1: Familiarize yourself with your organizations MVV

Recommendation 2: Create a Library-specific MVV that aligns with the Organization's

Recommendation 3: A MVV or Strat Plan should be a constantly referenced framework that will allow you to 'align & define' your services

Strategic Plan & MVV


This section is meant to help you to clearly articulate your value as a professional, a service or a department, using tools like Value Quips or Elevator Speeches. 

What's a Strategic Plan & Mission, Vision Values?

From the HLWIKI Strategic Planning is: described as

"It is quite simply identifying where you want to go, why you want to go there, how you will get there, what you need in order to get there and how you will know if you're there (or not)" (

Put very simply:

A Mission can be defined as your overall purpose, what business are you in, what do you hope to achieve?

A Vision can be seen as where you're headed, and what will your business be like in 5 years (or however long your Stragetgic plan is relevant) and how you plan on getting there.

The Values are the predefined, core items that will permeate everything you do to reach your vision and fulfill your mission.  Though your vision or mission might change, the core values usually remain very similar from one strategic plan to another.

In the 2013 Task Force brainstormming session on Strategic Planning we narrowed it down to some basic principles about 'What our Administrators Value'

  • Our goals & objectives must support our organization's goals & objectives.
  • We must support information work-flow efficiencies.
  • Our services must be efficient and cost effective. We must demonstrate fiscal responsibility.
  • Need to speak ‘business’ – no library lingo!
  • We must demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
  • For research centres, help measure research impact. Also, market our value to practitioners.

Check out the image below by Dr. Steve Matthews outlining the most important aspect of a strategic plan.  See his full blog post for more information. Note the inclusion of the MVV, or in this case the MVG at the top of the pyramid.  Make sure to align these with your organizational MVV/MVG.

From one of the member hospitals, a Library specific MVG (Mission Vision & Goals) developed from the organizational MVG

Library MVG Example