About Annual Planning

The strategic planning cycle at Rutgers University Libraries takes place each spring and bridges the university's fiscal budgeting cycle with the Libraries' year-round activities. The process draws on the wide-ranging perspectives of the Libraries community to assess our past priorities and continue to improve and accomplish our mission.

The process begins with closing and assessing the accomplishments of the current fiscal year, continues with an examination of the current projects and the tactical work to be done in the next fiscal year, and develops the long-term goals and priorities to be implemented. The goals and priorities identified in the prior year serve as a benchmark by which we can both measure our achievements and shift our priorities toward new initiatives.

Annual planning involves both local and central preparation. Priorities for the next two years are identified in local units based on their unique academic, constituent, and campus needs. Any local priorities that do not require changes to central infrastructure are executed locally. Local priorities that do require central infrastructure are prioritized based on the interdependent needs of the Libraries community and the capacity of our total infrastructure for new projects. The process also surfaces systemic needs that have been identified as integral to the operation of multiple units. The feedback from this process can also become inputs for the Libraries' role in the university budgeting cycle and shape new budget requests when planning brings to light goals and projects that are not funded, but are critical and/or complementary to the priorities identified.

In the prior years, priorities were categorized into six focus areas: Clarify Communication and Decision-Making, Strengthen Information Control, Optimize Collection Development and Management, Enhance Student Support, Determine Strategies and Capacity for Advanced Services, and General infrastructure support needs. The addition of Infrastructure Support last year as a classification was an important development in the way we conduct and view planning as part of a framework of shared coordination. This year, with that framework in mind, I'd like to share with you the four local unit plans and the central infrastructure projects list.

Click here to read the Priorities for FY2019-2021.