Action Plans

What is an Action Plan?

Think of an action plan as a simplified, task-oriented version of a strategic plan. An action plan only needs to list the goals and the specific actions related to those goals that the library will work on in the upcoming fiscal year. Actions are measurable and time-specific. A library can develop an action plan after reviewing their strategic plan and identifying specific actions that will assist them in meeting their stated goals.

LSTA Eligibility

In order to be eligible for LSTA grants, a library must submit an action plan for the fiscal year of the coming grant round (FY2021) by the December deadline.

For example:

On or before December 1, 2019, a library submits an action plan for fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 through June 2021).

Filing a Plan

Send action plans to

Action Plan Template & Sample

Not sure where to start? Take a look at a sample action plan and try using our template to create your own.

Sample Action Plan
Action Plan Template

For More Information

Robert Favini (public libraries)
617-725-1860 x237
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x237

Kristi Chadwick (public libraries)
Massachusetts Library System
866-627-7228 x117

Michelle Eberle (public libraries)
Massachusetts Library System
866-627-7228 x305 

April Mazza (school libraries)
Massachusetts Library System
866-627-7228 x307