Strategic Plan

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Strategic Plan Overview

The Libraries implemented its strategic plan in 2020 as a continuous improvement model. In 2024, after an assessment of progress and recommendations, we made minor changes to the vision statement and one goal. The Libraries’ Strategic Plan Advisory Group is currently working to update priorities. 

Vision & Mission


Equitable access to knowledges that empower expansive learning, intellectual growth, and transformational discovery for a sustainable, thriving planet and flourishing communities.


We partner with people on their journey to academic success, community engagement, and excellence in research, creative artistry, and scholarship. Together we navigate and evaluate information and knowledge systems, illuminate varied lived experiences, discover possibilities, and labor toward a more equitable and just society.

Strategic Goal: Boost Equitable Access to Knowledge

  • Eliminate barriers to discovering library resources to improve user experience
  • Design library-created materials according to accessibility requirements and universal design principles
  • Expand training and opportunities for instructors to increase the use of affordable and open educational resources

Strategic Goal: Empower Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarship, and Artistry

  • Advance the CSU Libraries’ unique contributions to the University-wide coordination of Research IT access and data, as tools for research reproducibility and knowledge building
  • Enhance Geospatial Centroid services and training for open-source geospatial technologies to support approaches to environmental and social justice issues
  • Elevate open access and sustainable scholarship principles to increase CSU researchers’ impact in interdisciplinary health and environmental research

Strategic Goal: Align the Libraries’ Services and Spaces with User Needs

  • Identify and promote services for meeting users at point of need in digital and physical spaces
  • Design outreach with and for marginalized-identifying students
  • Partner with University- and college-level initiatives and programs to close student equity gaps

Strategic Goal: Champion Employee Growth and Well-Being

  • Establish onboarding processes for all employee classifications that integrate with University best practices
  • Transition CSU Libraries into a Culturally Relevant Academic Library and serve as a model for academic libraries
  • Support student employees’ professional development and career aspirations

Strategic Goal: Bolster Information Literacy at CSU and Life-long Learning

  • Enhance support of All-University Core Curriculum courses that meet Colorado state requirements for information literacy
  • Advance life-long learning and information literacy and related literacies programs across Colorado
  • Integrate inclusive pedagogy into library instruction practices

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