The Next Chapter: The Process

About the High Energy Plan

The Johnson County Public Library Board and Staff has had adopted its state-mandated master plan. The process was directed by Jeanne Farah, managing consultant with Excelleration, Inc.

High Energy Planning is different from traditional long-range and strategic planning in several ways:

* HEP is contextual. It begins by scanning the Johnson County community, the Indiana library funding trends, and emerging national library services practices. Because JCPL did this research in 2008, this planning team will build on that work. This planning cycle will include community interviews.

* HEP includes an opportunity for all staff to critique what has been accomplished by the last strategic plan -- what worked, what could be better, what past project needs to go into an advanced phase, what may no longer be needed. Revisiting the last plan could be done as part of All Staff Day, using the Appreciative Cafe format which the staff knows.

* HEP includes a visioning session, but does not stop there. The vision is a hypothesis to be tested by Feasibility Study Teams. The FSTs consider if JCPL has access to the resources of time, talent and treasure needed to achieve results with each vision component. FSTs are led and staff by a broad cross-section of hand-selected staff.

* HEP addresses the barriers to success. True strategies lay out the way to overcome the obstacles that may cause other organizations to sit back and eventually lose ground in the ability to serve a community's real needs.

* HEP is about working with the community to develop solid partnerships. These are opportunities throughout the process for input and feedback from patrons and citizens, and leaders of other service organizations. HEP is an opportunity for constructive civil dialogue within the community.

* HEP's final product is an approved implementation plan which links every department and branch to the plan. New strategies (externally focused projects) and initiatives (internal projects) are included in annual agency goals and in the professional goals of all affected staff.

* HEP strategies and initiatives are also integrated into the long term budget projections and space allocation plans. the HEP team practices saying "no" as well as "yes": YES when the collective wisdom says that it is time to add or expand services, NO when less needed services should be reduced or eliminated.

* Finally, HEP is conducted in the spirit of public service and with the commitment of our democratic society to free and equal access to information. Equal access means providing proximity to information resources and offering programs that increase the literacy skills necessary to use those materials. The role of the librarian is essential to providing both information resources and programming.

HEP Stages

0. Planning-to-Plan

I. Professional and Community Research

II. Vision Hypothesis with Staff Input

III. Feasibility Studies and Plan Integration

IV. Strategy Realignment with Resource Plan

V. Implementation with Accountability