Strategic Plan

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Vision & Mission

Vision

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

Mission

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
Task Forces to Boost Equitable Access to Knowledge

2021 Task Forces:  

  • Barriers to Discovery: Charged to identify barriers to discovering library resources to improve user experience. Report submitted 2021.  

2020 Task Forces: 

  • Contract Negotiations Strategy: Created a roadmap and plan for negotiations that identifies CSU values and priorities for contracts. Report submitted 2020. Used to complete negotiations with Elsevier through the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, as well as Transformative Read and Publish agreements with Cambridge University Press and Wiley. 
  • Faculty and Stakeholder Engagement for Open Access: Developed an outreach plan with messaging recommendations and best practices for promoting open access to faculty and other stake holders. Report submitted 2020. 

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
Task Forces to Empower Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarship, and Artistry

2021 Task Forces: 

  • Geospatial Centroid Task Force: Developed a plan for enhancing Geospatial Centroid services and training for open-source geospatial technologies to support approaches to environmental and community justice issues. Report submitted 2021. 

2020 Task Forces: 

  • Integrate Research Data Programs and Services: Documented existing research data management services at the Libraries, including education and training. Performed initial review of research data management and geospatial data services at other libraries. Recommended future activities for CSU Libraries related to data management and geospatial services. Report submitted 2020. 
  • IT and Research Review: Reviewed data collected from University Research IT Review project to identify unfulfilled user needs and services gaps, and to make recommendations for next steps. Report submitted 2020. 

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
Task Forces to Align the Libraries' Services & Spaces with User Needs

2021 Task Forces: 

  • Promoting Library Services: Identified services appropriate for promotion that meet users at point of need in digital and physical spaces. Report submitted November 2021. 

Strategic Goal: Center People in Employee Culture

  • 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
Task Forces to Center People in Employee Culture

2021 Task Forces: 

  • Onboarding Processes: Created onboarding processes for all professional employee classifications that integrate with University best practices. Report submitted 2021. 

2020 Task Forces: 

  • Develop CSU Libraries as a Culturally Relevant Institution: In order to improve retention and recruitment of marginalized-identifying employees, created recommendations for a model or framework to guide goals and analysis. Reported on peer benchmarking and aspiration goals for a Culturally Relevant Institution, and performed a gaps analysis to moving toward a more culturally relevant institution. Report submitted 2020. Phase two for implementation was begun in 2021 and is ongoing.
     
  • Goals Development for Retention and Job Satisfaction: To improve retention and recruitment, reviewed existing annual review processes, recommended goals development and processes, and developed ideas for professional development that encourage growth opportunities. SMART goals training conducted Libraries-wide in 2020, and Libraries HR promotes training, resources and guide to continue goals development and discussions. 

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
Task Forces to Bolster Information Literacy at CSU and Lifelong Learning

2021 Task Forces:  

  • Inclusive Pedagogy: Created a plan and recommendations to integrate inclusive pedagogy into library instruction practices. Report submitted 2021.  

 

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