SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations & Results) is a positive, strengths-based, and stakeholder-focused approach to strategic planning. This webinar will outline the SOAR process and its approach that is  grounded in appreciative inquiry. A case study will be presented to demonstrate how one library used this approach to identify a new vision, mission, and strategic directions.

In this informative program, participants will:
• Gain a basic understanding of appreciative inquiry and its positive approach
• Learn about the SOAR framework and how it can be used in a strategic planning process
• Explore specific practices that support the SOAR framework


Original broadcast April 30, 2020

Biography ~ Sue Erickson
Sue Erickson has been a librarian in higher education for nearly 20 years, working in a variety of areas such as assessment, cataloging, collection development, data services, media services, reference and research instruction, and special collections. She is currently the Director of Hofheimer Library at Virginia Wesleyan University and Chair of the Resource Sharing Committee of the VIVA library consortium. She has worked in library consortia for her entire career; as a result, inter-library collaboration is at the core of how she approaches her work. She is interested in leadership and staff development, as well as the evolution and resilience of higher education in these uncertain times.  Sue is a champion for the liberal arts, for civil discourse and the library’s role in fostering it, and for diversity, equity and inclusion. She offers consulting services for academic libraries and other areas within higher education.