Behind the Scenes - PSLA Mission, Vision & Strategic Priorities

 "Behind the Scenes" the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Board of Directors reviews and updates the PSLA strategic priorities every three to five years to identify critical issues impacting PSLA and its members, as well as the library field, in general.

During the PSLA Summit in July 2018, thirty-four representatives worked with consultant Michael Kumer from Boards Made to Order to review our mission, vision, and strategic priorities.  After a lively and passionate full day of discussion, collaboration and consensus building, we walked away with a framework from which to craft a final document.

The difficult work continued through August and September with eleven volunteers, in a Tier I and Tier II review structure, who brought multiple voices and a broad range of perspectives to finalize the project. 

On October 6th, 2018, the PSLA Board approved the following:

PSLA Mission

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning through quality school library programs.    

 PSLA Vision
 A world of critically literate, connected learners

Strategic Priority Critical Issues (For the full strategic priority document, click here or visit the PSLA website.)

 Professional Learning and Leadership Development
Critical Issue: Leadership Development

Critical Issue: Professional Learning

Communication and Organizational Excellence
Critical Issue: Association Relevance
Critical Issue: Membership Development

Critical Issue: Internal and External Communication

Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
Critical Issue: Public Perception of School Libraries

Critical Issue: Integrated Advocacy

If you have thoughts about how we can meet our strategic priorities, please email  [email protected] to share your ideas.

Ever Curious,

Allison Mackley

President, PSLA (PA School Librarians Association)
National Board Certified Teacher Librarian 
Hershey High School
550 Homestead Road
Hershey, PA  17033


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