Role as a stake holder in the LPL

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The Lexington Public Library in Lexington Kentucky

Write a 6 page paper (not including title page and reference page) that addresses the following:

  • Describe an existing non-profit or public organization of interest to you. Include the organization’s mission, stakeholders, short-term goals (1–4 years), mid-terms goals (5–14 years), and long-term goals (15–20 years).
  • Select and explain your role as a stakeholder, including why this organization is important to you both personally and professionally.
  • Explain how you, in your role, will help to evaluate and revise the organization’s strategic planning process. Include any potential legal implications of revising the organization’s current strategic plan.
  • Explain at least 3 strategic goals that you would recommend for the organization, which will directly contribute to and effect positive social change.

Use proper APA formatting and include the following:

  • A title page and running head
  • An introduction that states the purpose of the paper
  • Level 1 headings to define each part of the paper
  • A conclusion to synthesize the entire paper
  • A minimum of six scholarly sources to support your paper
  • In-text citations as appropriate
  • A reference list

References

Bryson, J. M. (2011). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Chapter 10, “Reassessing and Revising Strategies and Plans” (pp. 317–351)This chapter examines approaches for building a strategic management system. It also provides guidelines for reviewing implemented strategies and plans.
  • Resource C, “Developing a Livelihood Scheme That Links Aspirations, Distinctive Competencies, and Distinctive Assets” (pp. 450–468)This resource outlines a process for identifying competencies for public and non-profit organizations.
Free Management Library. (n.d.). Basics of identifying strategic issues and goals. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://managementhelp.org/strategicplanning/issues...
This website provides questions to help organizations identify strategic issues and outline goals.

Olesen, K., & Richardson, T. (2012). Strategic planning in transition: Contested rationalities and spatial logics in twenty-first century Danish planning experiments. European Planning Studies, 20(10), 1689–1706.

SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 1 Lexington Public Library SWOT and Appreciative Inquiry Analysis Dominic Norwood Walden University SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 2 Description of Lexington Kentucky Public Library The Lexington Public Library is found in Lexington, Kentucky. It was established in 1905. serves the merged city-county of Lafayette and Kentucky. The library has six branches that serve approximately 300,000 people in the city of Lexington and the surrounding central Kentucky countries (Lexington Public Library, 2017). The branches include the downtown Lexington Central library which is the largest of the six, the Village branch, Eastside, Beaumont, Northside, and Tate's Creek Branches. In 2016 the organization was visited close to 2 million times. Additionally, it has a big online community; the online users make use of various digital applications. The website had over 8 million visits in 2016 while the ones that used its mobile applications were over 6 million having close to 370,000 computer sessions (Lexington Public Library, 2017). Besides the use of online applications, the organization had many visitors who preferred the print-formats making up 59 percent of the content, followed by DVDs and audiobooks being preferred taking up 22 and 9 percent respectively (Lexington Public Library, 2016).The vision of the organization is in having a lifetime connection and dedication to the community which it serves. The Lexington Public Library mission is connecting and stimulating ideas which will lead to changing of people’s lives. The core values of the organization are in the excellence of the service that it offers, it also focuses equality on how they treat their staff members and the visitors that they serve. It also looks at integrity which is targeted at maintaining trust within the community which it serves. The others are in stewardship and also passion in the work that it does. The Lexington Public Library strategic goals focus on six main areas which include access, inclusivity, culture, stewardship, education, and space (Lexington Public Library, 2017). SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 3 Reason for strategic change Lexington Public Library is in need of strategic change to be able to continue offering services that are responsive to their clients' needs. The organization also serves the public, who are also its financiers, it is, therefore, vital that it brings change to enhance its services, be accountable to its stakeholders. There are also many technological changes that have brought along innovative tools that the organization can leverage on. There are also policies within the organization that need to be improved on to stay with the times and in line with the legal requirements. Through various strategies, it will identify opportunities that exist and be able to take advantage of them, improve on the weaknesses and be able to prepare for any challenges. SWOT analysis The process of analyzing the strength, weakness opportunities, and threats (SWOT) which faces Lexington Public library will assist in analyzing both internal and external factors that assist in the implementation of strategic plan that will in turn benefit its performance as an entity and also the other stakeholders such as the community it serves, the staff and so on (Bryson, 2011; Millett, 2006). SWOT analysis is critical to the continued success of the organization, it will be able to focus its services and programs in areas where one is strong and where the greatest opportunities are found. Strengths a) The library has a talented, skilled and dedicated workforce. b) The library maintains a good relationship with the community it serves within the Kentucky and Lexington areas. c) The organization has a wide array of literature material that it offers to its visitors. They range from books, audiobooks, DVDs, movies, magazines and many others. SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 4 d) The organization also has an active online community which enables it to serve a much bigger clientele. e) Lexington library has innovative services which have widened its offerings from the conventional use of print format to digital platforms and other applications. f) Because of the organization's good reputation and many years of services, the can attract more partners (Bilmes, 2011). Weaknesses a) The organization has a total of six branches which work independently but managed as one entity at the very top. Such an arrangement makes creates a bottleneck in the delivery of service, there is also a slow response by the board whenever there is a concern which may lead to delays and poor management. b) The organization is governed by laws which make it hard for the administration to institute changes or corrective action without going through a long and slow process of approvals and legal challenges. Opportunities a) With the ever-increasing number of visitors and patrons, the organization is able to raise more resources to boost its growth and activities. b) The organization has increased the literature material that it has, and is also able to offer the services through a wide array of services and platforms. That promises to increase its standing in the community and be able to serve a wider audience who can visit the facilities both physically or online. Threats SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 5 a) Lexington library relies on grants and public funds which may be affected by economic situations and uncertainties such as economic downturns that may force the government to reduce its funding. b) The organization may be affected by the political environment considering that it is a public entity that is guided by federal, state and local laws (Shafritz, Russell, and Borick, 2013). c) Considering that it is a public organization, any performance related issues are bound to affect the organization in a big way. In 2014 the organization suffered a major blow when a former director sued it after it terminated its contract. The organization suffered greatly in terms of finance and its reputation. An Appreciative Inquiry 4-D analysis An Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Process involves the searching for the best in people, the community, and organization by finding out what gives life to the system at its most effective, most economical, socially capable points (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). It is made up of four stages that make inquiry into the process; they are Discover, Dream, Design, Destiny. Appreciative Inquiries will vary across the industry as each organization has an exclusive and diverse cultural and geographical mix of people. Additionally, in every organization, there is a unique way of expressing what it values most and how it honors each relationship (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). Discover At this stage there is stakeholder engagement and exploring the best experiences, hopes and priorities for the future (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). The group will focus on the strength, capabilities, competencies, positive hopes and feelings, relationships of the organization and so on and so forth (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). By carrying out interviews and story- SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 6 telling the stakeholders who include the staff, the members of the administration, Lexington library visitors are asked to share their stories of what has been the accomplishments, additionally, they will look at the factors, resources, and competencies that led to the given successes. For Lexington, it has been a long journey from the late 18th Century. The organization has grown by leaps and bounds and currently serves close to 300,000 visitors and a much bigger online community of over 6 million users (Lexington Public Library, 2017). The organization has a good relationship with the people of the Fayette and Lexington areas and other stakeholders such as the Fayette Urban-county government, Lexington citizens, its staff, and managers. The services have also grown significantly to offer literature material that currently stands at over 560,000 items which comprises of books, audiobooks, magazines, music, audiobooks and much more (Lexington Public Library, 2017). Dream Dream stage helps the stakeholders to challenge the status quo. I will involve sharing dreams, enlivening, developing metaphorical presentations, and enacting the dreams (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). The dreams of Lexington Library are also captured in its vision which is in connecting the community in a lifetime of service. The organization has already taken initiatives in serving the public, it has introduced after-school tutoring programs, summer reading initiatives for children and the community at large. A long-standing dream for the organization since its launch has been to reach more people irrespective of the gender differences and economic status. To achieve that goal the organization has been engaging in non-conventional and innovative approaches with the help of technology. It has been able to incorporate digital services and now reaches a much bigger clientele. However, the dream is to reach more and enhance its services through technological innovations. SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 7 Design This phase involves having specific activities in the creation of organizations design, developing a proactive proposition, selecting high impact design elements (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). Use of strategies such as incorporation of positive changes which can be captured in the design statements. It is a provocative stage where the participants can come up with concrete short and long-term goals to meet the dreams. Lexington Library intends to serve the community better and also reach a wider and more diverse audience. It will, therefore, develop better strategies that will enhance more interaction with the community through its online platforms and also with physical visits. It will have forums where the management and the community can interact through social programs and much more. Destiny This last phase is achieved through creating a commitment to a strategy that should be implemented. I should involve developing possible actions, choosing the inspiring ones, emergent task groups, and use of large group closing approaches (Whitney and Cooperrider, 2000). It will involve stakeholder actions, Lexington Library management, staff, and Fayette Urban-county government and its citizens will pursue the dreams by applying the design strategies, implementing the strategies that they chose to ensure that the organization meets its goals and achieves the dreams. Comparing organizational outcomes using SWOT and when using Appreciative Inquiry A SWOT is a critical process in strategic planning that helps the individuals or committee in assessing both the internal and external environment of the organization. The benefit of that is that it will help identify goals and strategies to guide Lexington Library in services and programs SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 8 in the areas that it has strengths and where it has the greatest opportunities while at the same time improve on its weaker sides and prepare for challenges. Unlike SWOT, the Appreciative Inquiry approach starts from a point of what is working. Instead of assessing what is wrong with Lexington Library it focused on what was experienced and the greatest examples, experiences, encounters of the organization. It focuses more on the positives and what has been achieved instead of the negative. The drawback is that it does not do a thorough analysis similar to a SWOT that can guide the organization into correcting the negatives and weak points. On the contrary, it helps the stakeholders focus on the experiences and capture lessons from them to guide the planned changes. SWOT/AI ANALYSIS 9 References Bilmes, L. J. (2011). Federalist Nos. 67–77 How Would Publius Envision the Civil Service Today. Public Administration Review. Bryson, J. M. (2011). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Lexington Public Library (2017). Strategic Plan. Retrieved December 20, 2017, from Lexington Public Library on, https://www.lexpublib.org/strategic-plan Millett, S. M. (2006). Futuring and visioning: Complementary approaches to strategic decision making. Strategy & Leadership, Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W and Borick, C. P. (2013). Introducing public administration (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. Whitney, D and Cooperrider, D. L. (2000). The appreciative inquiry summit: An emerging methodology for whole system positive change. Journal of the Organization Development Network

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Introduction

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Conclusion


Running head: STAKEHOLDER ROLES

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The Lexington Public Library in Lexington Kentucky and Roles of the Stakeholders
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STAKEHOLDER ROLES

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The Lexington Public Library in Lexington Kentucky and Roles of the Stakeholders
Introduction
The Lexington Public Library is located in Lexington Kentucky where it offers its
services to over 300,000 residents of the merged city-county of Kentucky and Lafayette through
its six branches. This report gives an in-depth look at the organization by focusing on its
operations, the size of the operation, its mission, and goals. It will then focus on stakeholder roles
and the obligations that I have as a member in helping the organization meets it objective. Lastly,
it will look at some recommended strategic goals that the organization can integrate into its
operations and assist the entity in meeting its mission and vision. The final section will be a
conclusion that will give a summary of the main areas that have been discussed in the report.

Lexington Public Library operations
The Lexington Public Library started its operations back in the late 18th Century initially
serving the members of Transylvania Seminary before transferring the facility to a more central
location in order to better serve the community and a wider audience. Through the years it has
grown in leaps and bounds to where it is today a facility of national repute that offers over half a
million items ranging from books, audio-books, e-books, music, movies and a host of other
materials. Currently, the organization has six branches namely the Lexington Central Library in
downtown which is also the largest of the six; there is the Beaumont branch, Eastside branch,
Northside branch, the Tate's Creek branch, and finally the Village branch (Lexington Public
Library, 2017).
Part of its massive growth has been boosted by the organization’s online activity that
currently has over 8 million online visits, the other digital platforms such as the mobile

STAKEHOLDER ROLES

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application also saw heavy traffic with over 6 million visits in the 2016 (Lexington Public
Library, 2017).The organization also enhances its online plan and focuses and was able to
provide the community with over 360,000 computer sessions within the same period (Lexington
Public Library, 2017). According to the 2016 Annual Report, the items rankings saw the printformats taking the lead, they were still preferred by the visitors more than the digital alternatives
and made up 59 percent of the items on offer, at the second position were the DVDs at 22
percent, audiobooks and CDS taking up the third and fourth position with 9 and 4 percent
respectively (Lexington Public Library, 2016).
Mission and goals
The organization’s mission is in the connection of people, inspiring ideas, and in the
transformation of lives. The organization aims to connect the community through a ...

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