About the Libraries: Policies and Other Library Documents:
Strategic Plan, 2006-2011
Last academic year we began the process of writing a new five-year strategic plan. A steering committee, chaired by Ron Becker, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, reviewed many thoughtful documents on key topics developed within the Libraries, studied survey results of your opinions gathered over previous semesters, and received comments from the community during development of the plan. The plan is now completed, and I am pleased to present it to the university community. Many thanks are due to all members of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee for their dedicated work and to all those across the university who shared their ideas and opinions with us.
Like our previous plan, our new strategic plan focuses on using information technology to enhance our collections and services. This new plan takes us a step further. It calls for an even greater focus on the academic strengths and goals of the university and a better integration of our collections and services with each other and into the fabric of the university. The seamless integration of our collections and services into the new ways that our faculty do their research and that our students learn are key themes and will require new roles for librarians and library staff as well as new physical and virtual environments. The achievement of our plan will support the university's desire to elevate its standing within the prestigious Association of American Universities by giving faculty and students the scholarly information resources and services they need to achieve their highest goals.
We expect to discuss the new plan broadly across the three campuses through the fall 2006 semester. We realize that the success of the strategic goals now outlined is dependent on resources as they become available over the next five years. While the present budget situation is uncertain, the directions emphasized in this plan will guide the tactical decisions we will make each year as we move toward fulfillment of the plan. With the support of the university community, we are confident that the resources will become available and that the vision embodied in this plan will be realized.
Marianne I. Gaunt, University Librarian
Strategic Plan Steering Committee: Charge & Members
The Committee is charged with the writing of a strategic plan for the next five years for the Rutgers University Libraries. The plan will create a vision and set goals for how the Libraries will relate to the university and its constituencies and strategic partners. The plan itself will be a compact document that describes strategic directions for the next five years in the areas appropriate to a research library system that supports a university aspiring to be in the ranks of the top AAU universities. The plan will also set directions for the focus of resource allocations.
To complete its work, the committee will use the reports and documents amassed over the last year in preparation for this process: focus groups and liaison reports, communications audit, learning frameworks and symposium reports, futures symposium report, and the faculty diversity report. It will review strategic plans from other university libraries, planning materials and environmental scans from relevant professional organizations, and do its own environmental scan. It will coordinate input from various existing RUL committees and groups, such as the Assessment Committee, the Councils, the Instructional Services Committee, the Digital Architecture Working Group (DAWG), and will instruct them as to what advice and input it seeks. It will create subcommittees as necessary if no current group exists to provide advice and input in an area.
The committee is encouraged to be inclusive in its work and to hold public meetings and share progress during the development of the plan. A final plan is due by April 30, 2005.
Rutgers University Libraries' Vision and Mission Statements
The Rutgers University Libraries support and enrich the instructional, research, and public service missions of the University through the stewardship of scholarly information and the delivery of information services.
The Libraries aspire to provide outstanding information resources and services that advance research and learning, support the University's goal to be among the top public AAU institutions in the country, and serve as an essential information resource for the state and beyond.
Last updated April 12, 2006