Strategic Planning for the Chinese American Library Association

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Gao, W., Pun, R. ., & Ruan, L. (2021). Strategic Planning for the Chinese American Library Association: From Process to Implementation. International Journal of Librarianship, 6(1), 55–72.
Received 2020-11-12
Accepted 2021-01-22
Published 2021-07-10


This report explored the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)’s strategic planning process for 2020-2025 during COVID-19. The paper introduced CALA’s mission statement, values, and discussed the importance of the strategic plan. A strategic planning task force was formed to create an opportunity for membership input in virtual town hall meetings and surveys. The authors presented a case study on the process of revising a strategic plan and discussed the implementation phases. The authors also shared the challenges and recommendations in organizing strategic planning for a library association.


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