Action Plans

What is an Action Plan?

Think of your action plans as the simplified, task-oriented version of your strategic plan. An action plan only needs to list a library's objectives and specific actions related to those objectives that will be worked on in the upcoming fiscal year. To be effective, action plans should be consulted regularly and updated annually.

You can develop an action plan update after reviewing your strategic plan and identifying specific actions that will assist you in meeting your stated goals and objectives.  Action plans are for a specific time period.

LSTA Eligibility

To be eligible for LSTA grants, a library must submit an action plan update by December 1 for the fiscal year of the coming grant round.

For example:

On or before December 1, 2017, a library submits an update for fiscal year FY 2019 (July 2018 through June 2019).

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

Ruth Urell (public libraries)
MBLC
617-725-1860 x237
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x237
ruth.urell@state.ma.us

Kristi Chadwick (public libraries)
Massachusetts Library System
866-627-7228 x117
kristi@masslibsystem.org

April Mazza (school libraries)
Massachusetts Library System
866-627-7228 x307
april@masslibsystem.org