The University Libraries’ strategic planning process is off to an exceptional start. Last month our facilitators, DeEtta Jones and Raynna Bowlby, led engaging, productive conversations with various stakeholder groups, including students, our University Senate advisory group (Co-DELIT), university administrators, campus partners, donors, community partners, Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) and Staff Advisory Council (SAC), to gain their insights on current successes and future opportunities. In addition, over 120 Libraries’ faculty and staff members participated in world café sessions designed to identify our shared organizational values and vision. A special thanks to all who took time out of busy schedules to participate in and add their voice to the process.

Our facilitators will be back on campus October 25-26 to host three additional world café sessions at which they will share what they learned from last month’s sessions and gather additional input from Libraries’ faculty and staff – this time focused on strategic directions and opportunities.

Please sign up to participate in one of the world cafe sessions at: by October 19.

DeEtta and Raynna will also work with Executive Committee and the FAC and SAC chairs to continue the build out of our new agile planning framework and various related processes. We will also launch a strategic planning group, charged with reviewing stakeholder input and environmental scans and pulling together an initial draft of our new plan for broader organizational review. This group will include five representative voices from across the organization, Executive Committee and the FAC and SAC chairs. Members of our new Management Committee will also play a critical role in the process by conducting environment scans and providing iterative feedback on subsequent versions of planning documents [we’ll discuss Management Committee, its roles and activities at the Libraries General Meetings on October 19].

We’ve also created a folder in Buckeye Box that will be used for sharing documentation related to the strategic planning effort. There we’ll share reports from our stakeholder sessions, draft planning documents and any other information that will be useful for participation in the process.  All current Libraries’ faculty and staff will be given access to this folder in the next week or so. You will also see an announcement about a brief training session for those who need a crash course for using Buckeye Box.

Thanks again for your active participation in the process!

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries