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Appendix D
 
USDA BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY
NAL REVIEW & PLANNING AGENDA
PROPOSED QUESTIONS FOR PANEL'S LONG RANGE PLANNING
[with Panel member assignments as of October 26, 2000]
 
 
A)  Vision of NAL in 2020?
      COMPELLING VISION OF THE FUTURE OF NAL IN THE YEAR 2020-
      What NAL WILL BE: What NAL WILL DO, HAVE DONE
        full group participation
 
A)  SUCCINCT NEW NAL MISSION STATEMENT FOCUS = ONE SENTENCE
        full group participation
 
B)  POLYOCULAR SITUATION ANALYSIS - CUSTOMER + PEER + STAFF SURVEYS
B)  OBJECTIVE PROGRESS ASSESSMENT - KEY ACHIEVEMENTS OF 1990s
      Barbara Hutchinson, Jay Hirschman, Paula Kaufman, Winston Tabb, Martin Apple
 
C)  CANDID ANALYSIS OF CURRENT NAL STRENGTHS
C)  CANDID ANALYSIS OF CURRENT NAL WEAKNESSES
C)  DEFINITION OF NAL'S ADVANTAGES OVER ANY ALTERNATIVES
      Barbara Hutchinson, Jay Hirschman, Paula Kaufman, Winston Tabb, Martin Apple
 
D)  CHALLENGES & FUTURE THREATS TO NAL OR ITS LEADERSHIP
D)  NAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NEXT 20 YEARS e.g.: 24/7 AUTOMATION
D)  DEFINING WHOM WE MUST SATISFY - WHO THEY ARE NOW & WHAT THEY VALUE NOW, WHO THEY MAY BE & WHAT THEY MAY NEED AND VALUE IN 20 YEARS
      Philip Hudson, Austin Hoover, Martin Apple, Robert Willard
 
E)  REVISITING MISSION SETTING 21ST CENTURY PRIORITIES, GOALS
      SET NEW 5 & 10 YEAR MEASURABLE GOALS (e.g. 99% CUSTOMERS RECEIVE RIGHT
      INFO SAME DAY)
        full group participation
 
F)  FIVE BEST OPTIONS FOR NAL FUTURE STRATEGY - LEVERAGE FOCUS, ETC
F)  THE MOST IMPORTANT NAL STRATEGY - BEST FOCUS/PATH OF OUR RESOURCES
F)  KEY OPERATING PARAMETERS TO ENSURE SUCCESS
      WHO MAKES WHAT DECISIONS? WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT RESULTS? ETC
        full group participation
 
G)  WHAT SHOULD BE OUR NEW, OPTIMIZED 21ST CENTURY ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE? MATRIX? PROFESSIONAL BUREAUCRACY? ETC
        full group participation
 
H)  WHO, HOW AND WHEN WILL WE [NAL] MONITOR & REPORT RESULTS?
H)  HOW WE [NAL] WILL MEASURE, BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR [NAL] RESULTS?
      William Delauder, Jane Coulter, Pearlie Reed
 
I)  HOW WILL WE [NAL] ENSURE ADEQUATE RESOURCES EACH YR?
      WHAT PROCESSES WILL REGULARLY ENSURE NAL RECEIVES NEEDED GROWTH RESOURCES?
      Larry Vanderhoef, Margrit Krewson, William Delauder, Pam André
 
I)  WHEN AND HOW WILL WE [NAL] REVISE COURSE AS NEEDED TO ADAPT
      TO NEW CUSTOMERS, NEW NEEDS, AND NEW TECHNOLOGY?
      William Delauder, Jane Coulter, Pearlie Reed, Pam André
 
CONCLUSIONS BY THE FINAL MEETING OF PANEL
WE SHOULD REACH AGREEMENT* ON WHY NAL MUST EXIST
WHERE NAL IS GOING, AND HOW NAL WILL GET THERE
 
*AGREEMENT=3/4 OF US AGREE

 
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