University Libraries Strategic Plan - 2012-2018
Introduction Our mission is to invent the future of libraries at Virginia Tech. We honor tradition as we excel in our core mission to provide access to information. We acknowledge change as we adapt to address the new information needs and Open Web’s reframing of the academic and research enterprises in higher education. We embrace a diversity of thought and culture as we find solutions to information challenges when meeting user needs. Over the next decade we anticipate seismic shifts in the nature of libraries across the globe. The form, function and overall identity of the library as an institution will evolve. At Virginia Tech, we envision the library of the future emerging as: • a platform for student success and faculty innovation in a global context. • a hub for strategic partnerships. • a regenerating entity that adapts to changing user needs and expectations. Platform The library of the future is designed as a conduit for innovation, creativity, productivity, collaboration, and knowledge in a global context. We imagine the Virginia Tech Libraries as a connection to limitless pedagogy, research, and learning possibilities for students and faculty. Strategic Partnerships The library of the future is engagement-centered and reinforced by joint ventures and programmatic partnerships. We imagine the Libraries as an outwardly engaged organization that creates partnerships and provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in research and learning. Transformation The library of the future is constantly changing both physically and virtually. We imagine the Libraries’ core functions evolving through emerging expertise in curation, community development, and knowledge production. We curate digital research data and scholarship; we develop and optimize communities for collaboration and the exchange of ideas and discoveries; and we help our users create new knowledge and provide access to the world’s digital scholarship. To be a place where learning and research thrive, the Libraries must adopt new outlooks and practices. The Libraries look to become a learning lab, where student employees gain valuable pre-professional work experience. Students will help design learning spaces, create literacy/skills acquisition programs, develop and manage new technologies, conduct market research and create business plans, and produce domain-specific digital resources through informatics initiatives. The transformation of the Virginia Tech Libraries will focus on reinventing itself in four areas: learning spaces, research and curation, teaching, learning and literacies, and collections access.