May 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The NAHSL Executive Board would like your feedback on our 3-Year Strategic Plan 2015-2018 DRAFT. Please email your comments, feedback, questions, etc., to Cynthia.L.Stewart@Dartmouth.EDU  by noon, on Friday, June 5, 2015. The Executive Board will discuss all feedback and will use your input as we continue to shape our strategic plan.

Thank you!



3-Year Strategic Plan



Mission/Purpose:  The purpose of this Chapter shall be to promote health sciences libraries and librarianship; to strengthen the delivery of health information services within the Chapter boundaries; and to actively support the mission and standards of the MLA.


Goal 1: Strengthen NAHSL; organizational and fiscal excellence

 NAHSL will continue to develop and sustain the necessary resources to ensure that its operations are efficient, effective, and transparent.


  • Determine NAHSL’s priorities and role, as they relate to fiscal and organizational concerns.
  • Develop a financial plan that’s in alignment with the strategic plan; ensure financial accountability, transparency, and stability.
  • Operationalize sustainable model for annual conference.

Action item:

  • Identify new models for annual meeting.
  • Update and publish Bylaws and Executive Board Handbook to accurately reflect NAHSL chapter operations.
  • Create succession planning model to ensure smooth transition from outgoing Executive Board members to incoming Executive Board members.

Action items:

  • Develop orientation for new Executive Board members
  • Update NAHSL Bylaws & Handbook.

 Responsible Committee/Elected Officer:

  • Executive Board
  • Bylaws

 Goal 2:  Increase Membership

NAHSL will recruit, grow, and retain a diverse community of health sciences information professionals.


  • Develop plan for annual membership recruitment.
  • Recruit members from a broader library community, including library schools and other types of libraries (state libraries, public libraries, school libraries), and other information professionals, health information consultants, information specialists, health IT, etc.

Action items:

  • Form a small working group to development recruitment plan.
  • Establish process for welcoming new and returning members.
  • NAHSL Chair to present to local libraries, schools, etc.

Responsible Committee/Elected Officer:

  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Chair/Chair-Elect/Past Chair

Goal 3:  Engage membership

 NAHSL will increase member participation and engagement.


  • Promote and utilize various communication venues for announcements, discussion/interaction, feedback from the membership, and sharing information.

Action items:

  • Send regular updates to the membership from the Chair/Board.
  • Keep NAHSL LibGuide up-to-date.
  • Encourage/facilitate NAHSL Blog posts/discussions.
  • Recognize professional contributions and accomplishments of NAHSL members, as well as recognition of members who have demonstrated their commitment to NAHSL through time, effort, and support.

Action items:

  • Reintroduce NAHSL Innovations, for sharing successful innovations and best practices.
  • Identify, plan, and promote networking opportunities for NAHSL membership.

Action items:

  • Develop and promote Special Interest Groups (SIG) specific to topics of interest.
  • Facilitate mentoring opportunities for members.

Action items:

  • Include a welcome reception/program at the annual NAHSL conference for new members and first time conference attendees.
  • Promote NAHSL committee involvement

Action items:

  • Develop process for recruiting and assigning members to committees.
  •  Monitor, assess, and respond to changing members’ needs.

Action items:

  • Conduct periodic membership surveys.
  • Provide opportunities at annual meeting for open forum discussions.

  Responsible Committee/Elected Officers:

  • Chair/Chair-Elect/Past Chair
  • Marketing
  • Technology Support

 Goal 4:  Professional Growth

 NAHSL will provide and promote opportunities for continued professional growth of its members.


  •  Expand the content of NAHSL education programs to meet evolving needs of health sciences librarians.

Action items:

  • Conduct on-going assessment of members’ educational and professional development needs
  • Utilize education technologies to bring education programs to wherever members are (distance learning).
  • Develop mechanisms to provide informal, member-led, webinars and regional “brown bags.”
  • Create a local knowledgebase of instructors of MLA-certified CE programs and publicize this on website.
  •  Maintain regular contact with CE personnel from MLA and other chapters.
  •  Facilitate members’ AHIP application process.

 Responsible Committee/Elected Officers:

  • Education
  • Professional Development
  • Marketing
  • Technology Support
  • Credentialing

Goal 5:  Advocacy

 NAHSL will promote the professional role, value, and expertise of health sciences librarian.


  •  Provide tools and resources for librarians to advocate their value to their institutions.

Action items:

  • Continue to develop and promote advocacy materials, available on NAHSL LibGuide, for use by NAHSL members.
  • Create Advocacy SIG (Special Interest Group).
  • Inform membership of any relevant issues and of the key people relating to federal, state or local legislation and policies.
  • Promote value of libraries outside our own circles.

Action items:

  • Encourage members to attend meetings of other health professionals, along with writing for non-library publications.

Responsible Committee/Elected Officers:

  • Marketing
  • Government Relations
  • Chair-Elect

Goal 6: Partnerships/Collaborations

NAHSL will expand its network of external partners.


  • Develop relationships and collaborate with MLA, other MLA chapters, state groups, NN/LM NER, and other health health-related organizations, library associations, and library schools in New England.

Action items:

  • Promote networking and educational offerings from above named groups, associations, etc.
  • Pursue outside funding to help support NAHSL activities.

 Responsible committees:

  • Chair/Chair-Elect
  • Marketing
  • Continuing Education
  • State Reps

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