The Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio are pleased to announce a 6-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” short course. This course will help you introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization and will help you learn how to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and communicate long-term objectives and strategies to administrators.
We had 24 applicants and many additional expressions of interest. We selected our initial cohort for this course based on a mix of considerations, including diversity of career stages and herbaria, urgency for the herbarium, and the herbarium’s concrete plans to leverage the strategic planning in the near future (e.g., for funding).
The “Strategic Planning for Herbaria” short course will occur online on Fridays from 2:00–3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time from May 5–June 9. We anticipate the course will require 3–5 hours of work per week, including the 1 hour "in-class". The goal is to produce a short (3–5 page) strategic plan for each represented herbarium that includes the following elements: Vision, Mission, Strategies and Objectives, SWOT Summary, Sustainability, and Assessment and Evaluation. The process is at least as valuable as the product, and you might find that the exercises benefit your herbarium in unexpected ways. You must be willing to commit to participating fully in all in-class and out-of-class exercises.