The purpose of this study is to explore the current situation of strategic plans of national libraries and its correspondence with the trend report published by international professional organizations
This study adopted comparative method to compare and analyze the strategic plans of twelve national libraries. The comparative items include basic information such as title elements, time range, announcement way, supplement documents, making units and published year. In comparison with library trend reports, the focuses are the comparison between the issues discussed in the strategic plans of national libraries and the issues concerned in library trend reports.
The findings of this study demonstrate that (1) the name of the strategic plan shall be composed of title and subtitle; (2) time range is mainly 5 years; (3) national libraries announced their latest version of strategic plans on the library websites, mainly placed in the third or fourth level of the site architecture; (4) the annual report is the most popular form of supplement documents; (5) most libraries refer only to making units and do not provide detailed information about development process; and (6) most of documents’ release year is the same as the starting year of the plan schedule.
This study found that the issues covered by the strategic plans are very broad, including support research, cooperation, marketing promotion, role status, legal deposit, copyright, space, preservation, policy, special community service, finance, organization management, access to information, information technology, digitalization, online service and collection development. In addition, the issues discussed by the strategic plans and library trend reports are highly similar. The basic information and issues concerned in the strategic plan of National Center Library in Taiwan are also high repeatability.
According to the above findings, the study suggests that National Center Library in Taiwan can refer to the strategic plans of other national libraries, so that the strategic plans will provides richer information. In addition, the study also has recommendations for future research. In the study of the object, the recommendations include (1) to analysis include supplement documents; (2) to explore the differences between the latest strategic plans and retrospective versions of single national library; and (3) to analysis national development policy and other relevant documents. In the study of the method, the recommendations are (1) to collect more strategic plans; (2) to explore the cognition and ideas of directors and librarians on l strategic plan by questionnaire or interview.