Monday, January 25, 2010

Strategic Planning Prompt (4 of 8)

Complete the following sentence:

I joined the Paras because . . .

Alternatively: I would join the Paras if . . .

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Strategic Planning Prompt (2 of 8)

Last week, we started the strategic planning process with a prompt for discussion of the existing mission and objectives. It's not too late to voice your opinion there. Comments will remain open for all of these posts until the whole strategic planning process is complete.

For this week, complete the following sentence:

The Paras could improve by . . .

Monday, January 4, 2010

Paraprofessional Section Mission and Objectives

2010 will be the year of strategic planning for the Paraprofessional Section, and we'd love to hear from every one of you. You are all invited to participate via the comments section of this blog. Anonymous comments are welcome, so please speak your mind without hesitation. You are also welcome to email any member of the Para Board if you'd rather not comment publicly on the blog.

At the beginning of each week throughout January and February, we will post a discussion prompt, to gather input on what we do well, what we need to improve, and what we haven't been doing but ought to.

To begin this process, let's review the existing Paraprofessional Section Mission Statement and Objectives, as taken from our website:

Mission Statement

The Paraprofessional Section of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) supports and promotes the Association and library paraprofessionals in all libraries, media centers, and information services within the state of Nebraska. Our mission is communication, growth, and development in our profession, and to make contributions toward providing, fostering, promoting, and preserving the free exchange of information.


• To encourage paraprofessional involvement in NLA for the betterment of the library profession.
• To advance the status of paraprofessionals.
• To serve as a clearinghouse for information relating to paraprofessionals.
• To promote continuing education for paraprofessionals which might include the organization of workshops or seminars dealing with paraprofessional needs or interests.
• To encourage the advertisement of paraprofessional employment opportunities.
• To provide a scholarship to a member who applies for participation in other states or national paraprofessional activities.

What do you think of those statements? Are we on the right track? Do we need to shift direction? What should our mission and objectives be?