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To purchase this print/e-book Bundle please add this product and also the e-book to your cart, then enter coupon code SPPL. Your final price will reflect a 100% discount on the e-book.  

Strategic Planning for Public Libraries, by Joy L. Fuller, is PLA’s newest publication. Available as both a digital version and a print/e-book bundle, Strategic Planning for Public Libraries is a complete planning toolkit. Each purchase comes with a downloadable supplemental folder full of reusable templates, worksheets, as well as real-life examples from other libraries to help guide the reader through the planning process. This book provides a framework that any library, whether it serves urban, suburban, or rural communities, can use as a basis for its strategic planning.

Supported by research conducted across more than 200 public library professionals and in-depth interviews with more than twenty library directors and leaders throughout the country, this book addresses some of the key areas of strategic planning that librarians care about most:

  • Engaging the community
  • Measuring progress against the plan
  • Reaching non-users
  • Creating a living document that can be continually updated
  • How to conduct a community assessment
  • Engaging staff


Chapter 1- Prepare for Strategic Planning
Chapter 2- Conduct Community Assessment
Chapter 3- Develop Strategic Plan Content
Chapter 4- Implement and Measure Progress

Joy L. Fuller

Joy L. Fuller (she/her) has more than a decade of experience guiding organizations— both public and private—through the strategic planning and implementation process. With a focus on the end-to-end strategic planning lifecycle, Joy has helped global nonprofits and institutions of higher education develop actionable plans that positively impact the communities they serve. In addition to authoring this book, Joy has facilitated trainings for PLA’s Inclusive Internship Initiative and presented as a keynote speaker during PLA 2020. Currently, Joy works in strategy and operations for Google. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Public Library Association (PLA)

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.