The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

In partnership with Sheila Terryll, HunterSage worked with The Friends’ new leadership team and 50-member board on a novel new approach to strategic planning that:

  • Was grounded in research and inspired by the Value Discipline model

  • Articulated a compelling new mission: To act as a catalyst for libraries to strengthen and inspire communities

  • Engaged a broad range of constituencies – locally and nationally

  • Aligned with the goals and strategies of the Saint Paul Public Library, which it supports financially and programmatically

  • Resulted in a one-page Strategic Framework built around five strategic imperatives.

Response to the Strategic Framework was universally positive. Staff used it to create work plans around each imperative. Board members described it as refreshingly clear, concise and powerful. In fact, several Fortune 500 leaders asked to borrow the model for use in their next planning process.   

Anne Hunter