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Navigate the Master Planning Landscape with an Experienced Guide

Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD can help you create a master plan so compelling that it will persuade the public to support it. When you consider library improvements through a collaborative program exercise, then you begin to see how the future can be shaped. Unfortunately, collaboration can be complex, and hiring an inexperienced team can have unfortunate consequences.

According to Harvard Business Review’s “The Collaboration Blind Spot,”cross-group/cross-organization user analysis can go very wrong. There can be politics at play, and territorial behavior. During master planning work, there can be power plays as well as blocking behavior from all staff, including IT and facilities. Sometimes, longtime librarians find that leadership has covert plans to manipulate space boundaries. We understand there are all types of motivations, which is why our methodology of appreciative inquiry helps us create a balanced playing field.

LIBRARY MASTER PLAN

We know that library master planning has simple steps that will help you take control of your future. We follow a simple plan:

1. Data gathering
2. Testing a Vision
3. Library Service Planning and Programming
4. Scenario Planning and Phasing
5. 10-year Plan/Presentation/Feedback/Update

Before we start data gathering, we assemble a team and develop a communication plan. First, we cover the big picture issues, communicate the opportunities and need for more information. With answers to the big questions out of the way, we break down the issues to develop a program. This program is used in a variety of ways: space analysis, user behavior, budget planning, digital assets, marketing SEO, staff and operations requirements and collection storage. Following a methodology with an experienced library consultant will help your community gain user input and analyze user behavior.

GET STARTED ON YOUR LIBRARY MASTER PLAN

Before you start your next library master plan, review your strategic plan and ask members of your team to join a library planning committee. This committee will tour other institutions and ask lots of questions. They will visit furniture showrooms and demo digital asset management software. The team will learn:

  • Where your library user is today and where they want to go tomorrow
  • That a library is both a physical service and a digital place
  • Best practices and trends, proven space planning options and experience in planning.

We will create a plan, budget and schedule that helps take the guesswork out of creating a library master plan. Contact Us: we can help you successfully navigate a library master plan.

BELOW ARE AREAS THAT CAN BE PART OF A MASTER PLAN SYSTEM STUDY OR SINGLE LIBRARY PLAN

 

Contact Us: we can help you successfully navigate a library master plan.