Strategic Plan

SLA Strategic Plan
(Adopted October 2004)

Strategies and Tactics

In support of SLA’s vision, mission, and priorities, the Strategic Plan is a visionary framework to enable SLA officers, members, partners and staff to make decisions that drive the future. Annual operational plans, developed by the Executive Director, will provide specific directions toward achieving SLA’s strategic goals. These goals are based on the current three priorities that will be reviewed and adjusted annually to ensure the association is on the leading edge of the information profession.

The three priorities are based on ongoing membership input, research, and Board and staff discussions. These priorities are interrelated – each one influencing and enabling the success of the others. Implicit in each priority are the fundamental concepts of leadership and forging new frontiers in a global community.

Strategic Priorities

Innovation and Learning
Invest our membership with the competencies and knowledge to strategically position them to meet and exceed their professional goals and to demonstrate critical contributionsto their organization?s success.

  • Enable members to become risk takers, innovators, and influencers within the profession and their organizations.
  • Create continuous and accessible high quality learning opportunities tailored to information professionals at different levels of experience, and at different stages in their careers.
  • Identify, research, and drive new organizational trends and the impact of the use of information within organizations.
  • Influence academic program curriculum and faculty to embrace transformation in the information profession as articulated in SLA?s Competencies for Information Professionals.
  • Create learning programs that attract a broadly defined constituency, encourage knowledge sharing, and redefine the roles and opportunities for information professionals.
  • Identify and promote best practices that enhance member performance and drive quantifiable contributions to their organization.

Advocacy
Promote the strategic use of innovation and creativity in support of successful decision-making. Define and promote the role of information professionals as fundamental to the success of organizations.

  • Educate employers and decision makers on the strategic importance that information professionals play in the organization’s mission and financial health.
  • Develop the means to justify the value of information professionals to organizations.
  • Publicize the role and value of information professionals as innovative, proactive leaders.
  • Provide a credentialing mechanism for information professionals in order to demonstrate their roles as leaders.
  • Drive broader participation in the association by attracting individuals in the profession and related fields.
  • Promote the information profession to students and encourage them to enter the field.
  • Influence national and international information policies.

Networking
Provide opportunities for members, non-members, and those in related professions to learn, share, and collaborate with each other in order to leverage information, ideas, and innovations.

Provide collaborativeand relationship building opportunities for professional growth and knowledge sharing.

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