I don't know if organizations really need mission statements. Usually, businesses and public institutions come up with something that would make Dilbert flinch -- dense, polysyllabic constructs that slip through the memory like sand.
On the other hand, it may be the process itself that's important. Organizations -- like people -- do have purposes, values, and intents. Crafting a mission statement for an organization gives everybody a chance to think and to talk together.
Recently I realized that I just didn't have much time for reading. A librarian who doesn't read is like a guitarist without strings, a cobbler with no shoes, a balloonist bereft of hot air. So I decided to do something about it.
On Thursday, March 2000, my Associate Director, Holly Deni, received an e-mail. That e-mail read, in part:
My daughter's "first book" -- by which I mean the first book where she was able to identify all the words -- was Goodnight Moon. My son, Perry, who turned six a little over a month ago, now has his first book (although he hasn't quite got all the words). Perry has learned to read from ... a paperback collection of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. Cool, huh?