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:
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.