About Us

Our Mission, Vision, & Strategic Plan


Mission

University of Arizona Libraries is an enterprising partner in advancing the University's priorities. We cultivate an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning. Our resources, services and expertise enrich the lives of Arizonans, and contribute to an expanding global academic community.

Vision

The Libraries are the intellectual crossroads of the University, enabling innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative endeavor.

Strategic Plan

Because the world of higher education is changing rapidly, 21st century libraries must be enterprising in our ability to anticipate needs and respond in real time. Our strategic plan outlines how we are advancing the University strategic priorities of student engagement, research innovation, community partnership and synergy.

Explore one of our five strategies below, or download the strategic plan as a PDF.

Strategy 1: Design and implement innovative programming and provide extraordinary content to advance learning, research and community impact.

Strategy 2: Renovate, repurpose and invest in library spaces designed to encourage creativity, exploration and application of new ideas.

Strategy 3: Lead the effort to capture, steward and share the scholarly record and research results of the University.

Strategy 4: Develop and sustain new community engagement and partnering activities that increase the personal and economic well-being of the people of Arizona.

Strategy 5: Continuously improve support for University priorities through reallocation of resources made available through improved efficiencies.

Strategy 1

Design and implement innovative programming and provide extraordinary content to advance learning, research and community impact.

Engaging

Goal:

  • Embed content, tools and services into the curriculum to increase student success and jump start lifelong learning.

Initiatives:

Innovating

Goal:

  • Provide research and learning support at each stage of the research life cycle to maximize research productivity.

Initiatives:

Partnering

Goal: 

  • Identify high-value community prospects for partnerships that advance strategic priorities.

Initiatives:

  • Partner with regional libraries.
  • Partner with early recruitment efforts to attract underserved and first generation students to the University.
Synergy

Goal: 

  • Create cost-effective and reliable access to content and services.

Initiatives:

  • Expand relationships with consortia.
  • Design virtual library environments that optimize content delivery for a wide range of device platforms and that ensure ADA accessibility.

Strategy 2

Renovate, repurpose and invest in library spaces designed to encourage creativity, exploration and application of new ideas.

Engaging

Goal:

  • Become the campus hub that offers choices for active, experimental and out-of-classroom learning where every student can experience a sense of belonging.

Initiatives:

  • Create collaborative space with other learning support organizations to offer integrated academic help.
  • Develop flexible, technology rich spaces that support a broad range of learning experiences (e.g. maker space, digital media studio).
Innovating

Goal:

  • Amplify research outcomes by testing spaces designed to meet priority research needs.

Initiatives:

  • Collaborate with cluster hires to determine specific research support requirements.
  • Test collaborative spaces used to good advantage at peer institutions to foster interdisciplinary research (e.g. visualization spaces, research commons).
Partnering

Goal: 

  • Emerge as the best meeting place for student innovators and community entrepreneurs.

Initiatives:

  • Work with Tech Launch Arizona, Innovate UA and the McGuire Center to develop appropriate spaces (e.g. presentation rooms, prototype lab).
  • Leverage our network of supporters to create new connections in the entrepreneurial community.
Synergy

Goal: 

  • Create a balance between space devoted to current and future user needs and access to physical collections.

Initiatives:

  • Develop a renovation program plan for all library buildings, leading to a capital expenditure submission in fiscal year 2016.
  • Fine-tune a comprehensive library-wide collection management framework.

Strategy 3

Lead the effort to capture, steward and share the scholarly record and research results of the University.

Engaging

Goal:

  • Acknowledge and support the expanding role of students as contributors to scholarship and research.

Initiatives:

Innovating

Goal:

  • Ensure sustainable and appropriate access to the outputs of UA scholarship and research.

Initiatives:

Partnering

Goal: 

  • Increase awareness, discoverability of, and access to University research outputs and creative activities.

Initiatives:

  • Utilize UA PressSpecial Collections and other outreach activities to introduce UA authors to the community.
  • Collaborate with Graduate & Professional Student Council, Associated Students of the University of Arizona, Faculty Senate and other interested stakeholders to develop broader understanding of and commitment to open access.
Synergy

Goal: 

  • Co-manage researcher networking services.

Initiatives:

  • Build awareness of the need for and use of researcher identification systems.
  • Lead expansion of UA Vitae to include researcher information.

Strategy 4

Develop and sustain new community engagement and partnering activities that increase the personal and economic well-being of the people of Arizona.

Engaging

Goal:

  • Through K-12 outreach, support University recruitment efforts and help prepare students for a rigorous academic college experience.

Initiatives:

  • Increase student awareness of UA programs in priority areas (e.g. STEM, clusters) in collaboration with selected UA colleges and units.
  • Collaborate with UA Colleges, public schools and tribal or community colleges, to provide instructors with information literacy curricular materials or tools to be used in their classrooms.
Innovating

Goal:

  • Help commercialize University developed intellectual property.

Initiatives:

  • Provide market research and competitive intelligence to Business Intelligence Unit of Tech Launch Arizona’s wheel house. 
  • Partner with governmental or industry groups to support entrepreneurship.
Partnering

Goal: 

  • Develop partnerships with other special collections and scholarly institutions which hold unique content related to our distinctive collections.

Initiatives:

  • Leverage consortia memberships to expand access to performing arts collections. 
  • Identify borderlands collections and partner with their curators to improve access through shared discovery tools.

Strategy 5

Continuously improve support for University priorities through reallocation of resources made available through improved efficiencies.

Engaging

Goal:

  • Work with academic departments, the UA BookStores and other stakeholders to decrease the financial burden on students of acquiring course materials.

Initiatives:

  • Expand partnerships with the UA BookStores to provide students free access to required course materials.
  • Help instructors find and use quality, open educational resources and make required course materials more discoverable and usable.
Innovating

Goal:

  • Provide immediate access to broadest range of content required to support research excellence..

Initiatives:

  • Test innovative access approaches such as Demand Driven Acquisitions.
  • Continuing consortial purchasing agreements.
Partnering

Goal: 

Initiatives:

  • Cultivate donors for major gifts appropriate for naming opportunities.
Synergy

Goal: 

  • Improve effectiveness, eliminate redundancies, streamline processes and reduce costs throughout the Libraries to increase institutional effectiveness.

Initiatives:

  • Successfully complete the Arizona Health Sciences Library consolidation.
  • Explore new ways to systematically collect data to inform decisions affecting faculty and students.

Last modified: May 18, 2015