Announcing the Midwest Chapter Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

The Midwest Chapter/MLA recently concluded our strategic planning process, and we are pleased to announce a new strategic plan to guide our chapter for the next three years.

The planning process began in April 2021 with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis, and concluded on Sept. 14, 2021, with a 3-hour virtual retreat, open to all chapter members, where we finalized the goals and deliverables for our strategic plan. The plan could not have come into fruition without the valuable contributions of the 2021 Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and the Chapter members who took part in the SWOT analysis and the open forums.

The plan focuses on four key areas: leadership, professional development, annual meetings, and fund raising. Each goal has four or five deliverables to be worked on over the next three years, as noted below.

Midwest Chapter Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025

Goal: Recruit, train, and retain leaders, in order to:

  • Provide perspective for incoming leaders with clear expectations of their leadership role and how much time and effort the role will entail.
  • Create an inclusive, welcoming leadership team.
  • Give incoming leaders the training and support to be successful in their roles.

Goal: Build opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and professional development, in order to:

  • Foster lifelong learning and the development of health science information professionals.
  • Provide added value to being a member of the chapter.

Goal: Reimagine and reinvigorate Annual Meetings, in order to:

  • Meet the needs of all Chapter members and offer equal opportunity for annual meeting participation.
  • Provide low-cost and alternative methods for engaging in annual meetings and continuing education for those who do not have the resources or capacity to travel.
  • Compete with other professional associations that offer virtual meetings.
  • Ensure the success of relationships with vendors and members in different meeting environments.

Goal: Establish funding structures for Chapter awards and scholarships, in order to:

  • Provide a monetary way to support and reward research and scholarship for Chapter members.
  • Ensure the success of the newly created Fundraising Committee.

Submitted by Liz Suelzer

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