Colleagues and Friends,

I am pleased to share with you the strategic directions and focus areas for the Ohio State University Libraries: our collective purpose, aligned with the teaching, research, and engagement priorities set out in the university’s strategic plan — Time and Change — and designed to drive a new agile operating framework and participatory management structure.

After completing an inclusive strategic planning process that integrated broad input from faculty, students, university administrators, and external stakeholders, we have constructed a comprehensive set of strategic directions, emerging from an ambitious vision and a reaffirmation of the values underlying the university’s land grant mission. The result provides a strategic foundation for a dynamic operating environment, devised for flexibility and responsiveness to successfully leverage opportunities and achieve organizational objectives.

Flowing from its core values — excellence; diversity in people and of ideas; inclusion; access and affordability; innovation; collaboration and multidisciplinary endeavor; and integrity, transparency, and trust — The Ohio State University aspires to be a leading national flagship public research university by focusing on five areas of endeavor:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Access, Affordability and Excellence
  • Research and Creative Expression
  • Academic Health Care
  • Operational Excellence and Resource Stewardship

To support the university’s strategic intent, the University Libraries will promote innovative research and creative expression, advance effective teaching, curate and preserve information essential for scholarship and learning, and share knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation and the world. From this mission, we have identified a set of six directions of strategic focus for the coming years:

Equip Students for Lifelong Success: Promote equitable learning through transformative teaching, services, and employment

Empower Knowledge Creators: Advance innovative research and creative expression by fostering, preserving, and sharing knowledge and scholarship

Engage for Broader Impact: Pursue initiatives aligned with university priorities to promote a more engaged and better informed society

Enrich the User Experience: Center the user experience in services, planning, and decision making

Invest in People: Develop the full potential of faculty, staff, and student employees

Model Excellence: Increase effectiveness to achieve strategic and operational objectives

Echoing the pillars of the university’s strategic plan, we are committed to the academic success of our students; to advancing the teaching, research, and creative pursuits of our faculty; and to modeling operational excellence to increase our effectiveness and impact. As we translate this intention into action, we aspire to realize our vision to be the leading library advancing the educational, research, and engagement missions of a national flagship public university.

My thanks to all who contributed to the development of our new strategic directions and focus areas over the last several months. We had deep, meaningful engagement during the planning process from both internal and external stakeholders. A special thanks to the members of the Libraries’ Strategic Planning Group:  Alison ArmstrongQuanetta Batts, Sue Beck, Lisa CarterTamar Chute, Nick Felt, Tony Maniaci, Jarod Ogier, Tracey Overbey, Lisa Patton-GlinskiTerry Reese, Josh Sadvari, Pat Schell, Karla Strieb and Jennifer Vinopal. This group did the hard work that produced the road map that will guide our work in building our shared future.

Please join us in making this vision a reality. I encourage you to visit the University Libraries’ Strategic Directions website, go.osu.edu/osulstrategy, where, in the near future, we will provide information about current and emerging initiatives and projects aligned with our new strategic directions.

Onward,

Damon E. Jaggars
Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries

Note: All University Libraries faculty and staff will receive a print copy of the strategic directions document in the next few weeks.