NYLA Webinar: Partners in Planning: A Strategic Planning Approach for Friends Groups

Sponsored By: FLS  

Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2022 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM

How can partner organizations such as the Friends of the Library support the library’s planning process?  This overview of the Strategic Planning Process will focus on the methods in Strategic Planning for Public Libraries as it applies to one of the library’s key collaborators, the Friends of the Library.

Utilizing the approach outlined in her recent book, author and planning specialist Joy L. Fuller will provide a framework of specific and actionable best practices for how Friends organizations can cooperate with their libraries in the development of strategic plans.

Friends groups have a role in the library’s planning as recommended in the Handbook for Library Trustees of NYS.  The Friends ability to put their own proposed projects into action depends on developing and sustaining the capacity of the organization over time, helping to ensure the success of their library in meeting community needs.  Library civic leaders, both Friends volunteers and trustees, can partner in the development of the library’s strategic plan by engaging in and supporting the planning framework. Involving partner organizations in various stages of the planning process can drive mutually beneficial outcomes that better support the libraries that they serve and their communities. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the strategic planning framework and approach outlined in Strategic Planning for Public Libraries
  2. Relate the role that partner organizations play in the development of the library’s strategic plan
  3. Formulate tactical approaches for how Friends organizations can engage in and support the library strategic planning process
  4. Explain how supporting the strategic planning process benefits partner organizations as well as the library


Joy L. Fuller (she/her) is author of Strategic Planning for Public Libraries (Public Library Association, 2021).  Currently, Joy works in strategy and operations for Google.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.  Joy has more than a decade of experience guiding organizations—both public and private—through the strategic planning and implementation process. With a focus on the end-to-end strategic planning lifecycle, Joy has helped global nonprofits and institutions of higher education develop actionable plans that positively impact the communities they serve.  Joy has facilitated trainings for PLA’s Inclusive Internship Initiative and presented as a keynote speaker during the Public Library Association’s conference in 2020.



There is no cost to attend the webinar for current FLS members or for officers and volunteers included in a NYLA Friends Group Organizational membership as long as the membership is active through October 6.  When registering, members need their assigned username and password to qualify for an “FLS Member Reg Pass” that will waive the registration fee for this FLS-sponsored webinar.

Follow the registration link to learn other details on group rates and costs for attendance by other NYLA members and non-members.  Registration requires a credit card for payment.  Checks and purchase orders are not accepted.  Registration closes 48 hours prior to the event.