Building strategic vision for librarians by M. Shafiq Rana


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October 13-14, 2010

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Building strategic vision for librarians by M. Shafiq Rana

  1. 1. (We begin) In the name of ALLAH, The most merciful, The most beneficent " He dieth not who giveth life to learning " Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
  2. 2. Building Strategic Vision for Librarians by Muhammad Shafiq Rana Zia Javed Rana
  3. 3. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Relation with Libraries/Why </li></ul><ul><li>How to Build Strategic Vision for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements for Building Strategic Vision for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Qualities of Good Strategic Vision Built for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Need & Importance for Strategic Vision for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Implementation of Strategic Vision for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>Table of Contents
  4. 4. <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>‘‘ Strategic Vision involves most importantly perceiving where you want to see your library in future and to perceive how your library would go at your desired stature.” </li></ul><ul><li>According to Oren Harari Strategic Vision </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Vision should describe a set of ideals and priorities, a picture of the future, a sense of what makes the company special and unique, a core set of principles that the company stands for, and a broad set of compelling criteria that will help define organizational success”. (Oren Harari) </li></ul><ul><li>Simply it can be derived that; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Strategic vision is such a vision that might enable libraries to survive in fast changing era in future in a better manner with a best stature”. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Financial Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Equipments & Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Dignify the Present to Lead </li></ul><ul><li>No SV invites Haphazard Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Safe Future for LIS Community </li></ul><ul><li>To Satisfy The Clientage </li></ul><ul><li>Development Professional and Leadership Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Survival as a Striking Institution </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to Build Strategic Vision for Libraries and Librarians <ul><ul><li>Future Perceptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leadership with strategic vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than One Possibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Members Coordination/Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attraction for the new LIS Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory SV and Legislative Cover </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Objectives & Purpose of The Library </li></ul><ul><li>User’s Needs in Future </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of The Resources </li></ul><ul><li>The Best Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Factors Including Infrastructural Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Objective’s Clarity to Every Staff Member </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills of The Chief Librarian/Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Determination about the Staff Requirements in Future </li></ul><ul><li>The Communication Patterns </li></ul>
  8. 8. Qualities of Good Strategic Vision Built for Libraries <ul><li>Reflect Future of Your Library </li></ul><ul><li>Must be Joint Effort by All Concerned </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent/Proper Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Achievable Keeping in View The Realities </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation Driven To Staff Members </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfaction of The Users As Well as The Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Clearness The Purpose of Organization & SV </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Values & CPE Programs for LIS Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Importance To The User’s Expectations And Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of Alternate Various Possibilities of The Future </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In Pakistani Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>To Reduce Financial Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>To Develop HR and Best Results </li></ul><ul><li>To Avoid haphazard decisions </li></ul><ul><li>To Meet User’s Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>For Good Leadership in LIS Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>To Survive and Excel in Library Services </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Library Future Existence more in Distinguished Manners </li></ul><ul><li>To Facilitate the Librarians to Face Future Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>No Problem can Remain as Problem for Long </li></ul><ul><li>Support to get user’s attraction </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the Staff Members Satisfied, Motivated & Committed </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Leadership to Future Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Formulation of the Best Polices and Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing of Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of the Libraries to keep pace with new int’l trends </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of the Library services </li></ul><ul><li>More Library Clientage </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible communication patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Good Interaction in clientage and staff </li></ul>
  11. 11. It is concluded that strategic vision can eliminate all fears and perceptions that might be in future the libraries would come to an end or at least librarians will not be able to keep their profession. This paper gives assurance to the library and information science professionals that if they build strategic vision following the discussed prerequisites and qualities of strategic vision the status of the libraries as well as the librarians would be uplifted in Pakistan. Due to the building of the strategic vision the libraries can remain compatible with the latest ICT tools and techniques in the future. It is finally concluded that if the strategic vision is there no problem would remain as problem for longer.
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