Strategic Planning Office Hours – March 2015

A common theme on the feedback form from the Library Retreat was the value of Strategic Planning Office Hours for communication and feedback. As such, I’m pleased to announce the upcoming schedule – all held in Library 434 (across the stairwell from Library 428):

  • March 4, 9-11 am
  • March 12, 9-11 am
  • March 23, 1-3 pm
  • March 30, 3-5 pm

Anyone is welcome to stop by for informal conversation about strategic planning, the process, ideas, etc. If you can’t make one of these times or would like to have a conversation with a group (e.g., committee or unit), please don’t hesitate to ask for another time. Email Lisa Hinchliffe (

(A version of this post was sent to LibNews-L on March 3 as well.)

Next Topics and Retreat Feedback (LIBNEWS-L 1/12/15)

From: “Hinchliffe, Lisa W” []
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 4:38 PM
Subject: SP – Feedback on Next Topics and Retreat

Hello everyone. Winter weather continues as does our Library’s strategic planning process!

I invite everyone on LIBNEWS-L to provide your input on next topics for our strategic planning discussions and (for those who were able to attend) feedback on the Library Retreat.

The survey is available at and will be available through the end of the day on Tuesday, January 20.

Thanks so much for all of your engagement thus far – it is so exciting to see the ideas that are emerging!

Best, Lisa

P.S. A summary of the retreat with the full set of discussion scenarios as well as the PPT slides and a few fun photos are available on the Strategic Planning blog (


Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Professor/Coordinator for Strategic Planning/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction
University Library, University of Illinois, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801, 217-333-1323 (v), 217-244-4358 (f)

Web Portal for Strategic Planning (LIBNEWS 12/15/14)

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 10:43 AM
Subject: SP: Web Portal for Strategic Planning

Hello everyone,

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with ideas for the Library Retreat, suggestions for our Strategic Planning process overall, and invitations to meet with different Library committees and units. The discussions have been inspiring!

I wanted to share that there is now a web portal for the Strategic Planning process –

We will continue to add content to it over the coming year. If anyone has documents from prior strategic planning processes that you do not see on the website, please send them to me so we can add them to our resource listings.

Best, Lisa

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Professor/Coordinator for Strategic Planning/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction
University Library, University of Illinois, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801, 217-333-1323 (v), 217-244-4358 (f)

Meeting with LSSC (12/11/14)

The Library Staff Steering Committee invited me to meet with them to discuss the strategic planning process and upcoming retreat. Below is an excerpt from their minutes summarizing our discussion. I enjoyed the conversation and appreciated their advice. Please be in touch with me if your Library group or unit would like me to come to a meeting.

All the best,
Lisa Hinchliffe
Coordinator, Strategic Planning

From the LSSC 12/11/14 Minutes:

Visit from Lisa Hinchliffe: As Coordinator for Strategic Planning, Lisa Hinchliffe visited our meeting to discuss the All-Library retreat, which will be held on Jan. 9th at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center.  All University Library locations will be closed that morning to allow faculty and staff to attend the retreat.  Everyone who works at the Library is strongly encouraged to participate!  Both breakfast and lunch will be served.  The purpose of the retreat is to discuss the Library Strategic Plan for the next three to five years.  This session will give all employees the opportunity to discuss the principles behind the Strategic Plan, to generate ideas for the plan, and to give suggestions for criteria for how to decide which ideas to implement.  University Librarian John Wilkin has requested for this process to be as inclusive as possible, and the goal is to consider all ideas based on their feasibility and on how well they fit into the Library’s mission.  The Strategic Planning Steering Team is looking into technology to help analyze and prioritize the criteria and ideas that are generated, such as the possibility of using as a means for managing the data collected at the retreat.  Lisa plans to update Library employees while the process of analyzing this data is underway, so that there is clear communication about how ideas from the retreat are being prioritized even before the final results are reported.  Please feel free to contact Lisa Hinchliffe (, Library 434) and/or your LSSC liaison/s with any questions or concerns you may have about the retreat and the Strategic Planning process.

University Library Strategic Planning Communications Blog

Welcome to the Library Strategic Planning Communications blog! This site will provide regular updates about the strategic planning process, opportunities to participate, and other related information. If you have recommendations for information that you would find useful to have posted on the blog or the Strategic Planning website, please get in touch with Lisa Hinchliffe (217-333-1323,, Library 434), Coordinator for Strategic Planning.