|National Agricultural Library Assessment Report|
|NLM Long-Rang Planning Process|
|In 1999, the Board of Regents charged the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Director with preparing a new five year Long Range Plan for the Library. The NLM's Long Range Plan
2000-2005 completes a 20-year cycle for the Library, which has "a 15-year history of successful long
range planning that began in 1985."1 The original plan has been updated throughout the years leading up to
the 1999 effort. The success of this ongoing long range planning process can be appreciated with the impact
of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a conceptual product from a planning panel meeting.
The 1985 Long-Range Planning Process
In 1985, the NLM Board of Regents:
More than 70 experts in various fields accepted invitations to serve on one of five planning panels. Each panel addressed the future in one of the following five areas encompassing NLM's programs and activities that provided the framework for thinking about the future
The 1999 Long-Range Planning Process
The Board of Regents recognized the dramatic changes occurring in the societal and technological landscape in which the NLM operates. This landscape led the Board to develop a strategic plan for the Library. The first step in the 1999 planning process was to evaluate the impact of the original Long Range Plan. Recommendations that were substantially accomplished and those requiring additional attention or redirection3 were identified and summarized. The summary was published in The NLM Track Record. 4
NLM sent The NLM Track Record to more than 250 past planning panel members and other advisors for comments and posted the Track Record on NLM's public web site. More than 100 individuals provided comments which the NLM Board of Regents asked NLM staff to incorporate into priorities for a new draft five year Plan. A broadly representative group of NLM advisors reviewed the draft in December 1999.
The NLM Long Range Plan, 2000-2005 is organized into four broad goals that have eleven objectives and more than one hundred specific program plans. The Plan "is a map of the future and a set of opportunities that awaits NLM action and program development." 5 It is not a fixed sequence of steps to accomplish stated goals and objectives that typically characterize such plans. The Board of Regents and the NLM will develop operational plans within resource limitations.
Goal 1 focuses on ongoing emphases on providing basic library services. Goals' 2-4 addresses the Library's highest priority new initiatives for special emphasis as follows:
The NLM Board of Regents began a visionary process for the Library through strategic long rang planning. The planning process helped crystallize an organizational mission and goals which in turn set NLM's priorities and direction. The 1985 effort began from the starting point of extant programs and services, the foundation from which it was able to begin the process of creating the future. The successful vision was created through broad involvement of current and future customer representatives and the NLM staff. The ongoing nature of the planning process captured important new trends in biomedical information management and customer needs. NLM was able to capitalize on these trends through leveraging major assets (i.e., its collection). These assets had been identified and enhanced throughout the original planning process.
The following documents are available in full-text on the NLM Web-site at .
Last Updated August 13, 2002