Gathering the Data: A Roadmap for Evidence Based Strategic Planning in Academic Libraries

The purpose of strategic planning is to create a road map or a plan for an organization to move forward. It clarifies the mission and vision, and names the priorities in order to allocate resources. But, who or what informs this work? This presentation argues that the best strategic plans are rooted in evidence that we intentionally gather by listening to diverse voices across the library, organization, and the profession. This interactive presentation will describe the evidence gathering process at two different organizations, including an overview of tools and strategies, while providing practical tools and transferable lessons learned.

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Oct 14 2022


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm




Alpine West
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


  • Carissa Tomlinson
    Carissa Tomlinson
    Director, Student Experience, Learning, & Outreach, University of Minnesota Libraries

    Carissa Tomlinson is the Director of Undergraduate Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries. In this role she leads a team of staff focused on undergraduate student outreach, information literacy, research support, and the student experience. She previously worked at Towson University in Maryland where she was in a variety of roles related to information literacy, health sciences, student engagement, and management. When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, pets, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

  • Catherine Johnson
    Catherine Johnson
    Associate Library Director for User Services, United States Naval Academy

    Catherine Johnson is the Associate Library Director for User Services at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In her role Catherine collaborates with library staff and users to ensure the library organization and space is flexible and responsive so they can do their best work. Before joining the staff at the Naval Academy, Catherine was the Head of Information Literacy Initiatives at the University of Baltimore. When Catherine isn’t collaborating, gathering evidence, or strategic planning she enjoys hiking, camping, and carving spoons.

  • Erinn Aspinall
    Erinn Aspinall
    Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota

    I am the Director of the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries (HSL). In this role, I guide and implement a programmatic approach to initiatives and services, ensuring that resources and funding strategies align with strategic priorities, that program development is guided by continuous process improvement, and that users have a consistent experience across our full range of services.

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