One of the many topics that the Board discussed at Midwinter was the status of the Strategic Planning Committee (.pdf). The’ Strategic Planning Committee is established by YALSA’s bylaws as one of our standing process committees. Its current charge is to work with the Board throughout the planning process and between planning cycles on developing, monitoring, and promoting the strategic plan.
While all these activities remain important, the Strategic Planning Committee’s role in them has decreased in years when a new strategic plan is not being developed. In particular, the Board’s recent decision to implement standing Board committees (.pdf) to monitor each of the five strategic plan goals negates the need for additional monitoring work by the Strategic Planning Committee. We know that members are volunteering valuable time when they serve on YALSA committees. We want to make sure that time and energy is being directed to activities that are productive, not redundant.
After discussing this agenda item at Midwinter, the Board voted to put the proposed bylaws change (.pdf)–which would remove Strategic Planning from YALSA’s list of standing committees–on the spring election ballot for the consideration of the membership. If this bylaws change is approved, Strategic Planning will be sunset as a standing committee on June 30, 2014, and the committee will become a task force that will exist only in the years when a new strategic plan is being developed.
The 2014 election will open on March 19 and close April 25, so look for this proposed bylaws change affecting Strategic Planning on your ballot. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposed change, I encourage you to comment below or to email me or any other member of the YALSA Board. We’d love to hear from you.