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University Library Strategic Initiatives FY12–FY14 (excerpts)
University Library
Strategic Initiatives
FY12 FY14
December 2011
I Background
The University Library’s last strategic plan ran from 2006 2011. In light of the arrival of new
leadership for the Urbana campus in Fall 2011, the Library chose not to develop a full strategic
plan at this time, but to employ a planning process that would inform short-term and medium-
term decision-making while long-term priorities for the campus were identified through a
broader process. This strategic initiatives document identifies priorities, including specific goals
and objectives, that will inform Library decision-making during FY12 FY14 (July 1, 2011 June
30, 2014).
II Mission
The University Library supports teaching, learning, scholarship, and public engagement at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by providing world-class library services and
collections, and acts as an informed steward of collections and content comprising a current and
retrospective record of human knowledge.
III Vision
The University Library offers unique opportunities for intellectual exploration to the faculty,
staff, and students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the citizens of the State of
Illinois, and scholars and visitors from across the country and around the world through its
leadership in the:
design and delivery of exceptional user services
acquisition and curation of extraordinary research collections
identification and application of new information technologies
research and development of innovative library services and information technologies
promotion of substantive and sustained collaboration with partners on the Urbana
campus, among the local community, across academic institutions, and around the
IV Guiding Values
The University Library is committed to:
Improving access to library content and collections
Preserving and curating physical and digital collections entrusted to its care
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