The Rutgers University Libraries are in the process of updating their five-year, long-range strategic plan, A Bridge to the Future, the Rutgers Digital Library Initiative, which was put into place in AY 98/99. That plan focused on the impact of information technology on the Libraries' collections, services, and staffing, and how the Libraries would develop to meet the changes in the way ways students study and learn and how faculty teach and do research. The next five-year plan will expand on this theme and take the Libraries to a new level of excellence to support the University's mission and goals.
The plan will be developed by a Steering Committee composed of librarians, staff, and teaching faculty with input and review from across the university. The committee is asked to present a final draft of the plan at the end of the academic year 04/05 to be accepted by the Libraries and the university community, and implemented beginning AY 05/06. Much work has been done by the Libraries in anticipation of the plan, gathering input from students, faculty, and administrators on needs for the future. Several major reports were completed, and the Libraries' Assessment Committee has been developing criteria to use in determining measures of excellence for library service. The Steering Committee will have many background documents to consider in creating the report. We look forward to an open process that engages our community in planning a dynamic future for the Libraries that supports the aspirations of Rutgers University to be among the top AAU institutions in the country.