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Strategic Design

Fall 2017 - Summer 2020

In November 2016, the University Libraries (UL) began a strategic design process with the goals of defining a clear vision for our future, outlining new conceptions of academic content and information, and identifying where we needed to shift investments to meet the emerging needs of the communities we serve. The strategic design steering committee has identified and developed the following five themes around which our strategic design is shaped:

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Scholarly Information Life Cycle

From creation to curation: partnering in knowledge discovery, production, and dissemination.

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Educational Experience

Enriching teaching and learning endeavors across campus by providing relevant collections, research expertise, and welcoming spaces.

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Technology & Digital Infrastructure

Creating and supporting technologies to meet research, teaching, and learning needs.

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Strategic Partnerships

Building partnerships across and beyond UB to strengthen the cultural vitality of WNY and improve the economic well-being, social equality, and health of all New Yorkers.

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Employee Empowerment

Sharing information, authority, and resources so that all employees can take the initiative to solve problems and be accountable for actions and outcomes.

Working groups gathered information on each of these themes and consulted with over 200 external stakeholders (UB administrators, faculty, students, staff, alumni, and key regional and national partners) using a wide variety of methods. The working groups provided the steering committee with observations about the roles that information tools and services play in the work of our stakeholders and with recommendations about where the UL could shift, augment, and/or add to current areas of emphasis.

The immediate next steps are to engage the UL staff in making additional recommendations, refining recommendations into actionable steps, and prioritizing recommendations and action steps. This steering committee report has been shared with the UL staff, along with a call for additional recommendations. In addition, a call for UL volunteers to serve on five cross-unit implementation teams corresponding to each theme has been issued. Prioritized recommendations, which will be shared widely with the campus in the fall, will guide UL activities and the resource allocation to support those activities through 2020.