Leveraging Staff Talent to Create Your Strategic Vision


A PLA 2022 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

PLA 2022 Virtual Conference logo. At the height of the pandemic the Charleston County Public Library leveraged staff talent to successfully reboot their strategic vision, centered on Equity. This panel demonstrates how libraries of any size or scale can utilize staff to successfully create their own strategic vision by listening to staff input to create a true sense of teamwork, providing the resources to set staff up for success, and communicating the organization’s ultimate vision and direction to staff.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference on March 25, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Engage staff input in order to create a true sense of teamwork within their library;
  • Communicate the strategic vision to all employees to ensure organizational consistency; and
  • Through a collaborative strategic vision, provide the tools and training necessary to empower staff to do their jobs effectively.


Angela Craig, Executive Director with the Charleston County Public Library.

A voracious reader, Amy Adams has been volunteering in libraries since elementary school. Eight years ago, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a librarian at the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL). After serving as a small branch head and then a children's librarian, she is now the Assistant Branch Manager at one of the system's newly-built branches. There she oversees programming and adult services, and she is co-lead for the CCPL Pride Staff Group.

Julian Gooding has worked as a television producer, documentary filmmaker, and continuing education program developer for institutions of higher learning in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Charleston, SC. In 2012 he brought his techniques of teaching literacy in the arts to the Charleston County Public Library system. He has worked in children’s, young adult and now in the adult services department and is co-lead for the Charleston County Public Library's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Lourdes Montes was born in small town in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and relocated to the United Stated at the age of 14 as a non-English speaker. In 2019, she graduated with a B. A. in English from Clayton State University and began working at CCPL. She loves reading horror and fantasy/sci-fi, making art, writing the second manuscript for her novel in progress, and fulfilling her calling as a promoter of library services.

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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your access to this on-demand webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) prior to registering so we can attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

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This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

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