Strategic Plan Moves Forward

The Washington University Libraries’ new Strategic Plan has been published online. After incorporating valuable feedback from Washington University faculty, students, and staff, the University Libraries launched the plan on July 1, 2019. It will guide the organization through 2024.

In recent weeks, much progress has been made regarding the execution of the plan. Libraries staff have set up teams and identified leaders to carry out the plan’s 32 objectives and 18 broader goals, which support six strategic directions. Of the 32 objectives, 12 are already underway, with another 12 slated to begin before the end of the academic year.

Libraries staff are working to define tasks informed by the objectives and to establish success measures for tracking all of these activities. Initiatives already underway include:

  • A group committed to working with faculty in advancing open educational resource solutions that support the learning needs of students
  • The development and implementation of a comprehensive collection condition review to prioritize and address preservation and long-term accessibility concerns
  • An evaluation of the University Libraries’ customer service points in order to improve and increase the visibility of library services and expertise
  • A project to produce a cohesive system of library branding, including tools for graphics and messaging, in order to support a unified, consistent, and vibrant identity across the organization

In the coming weeks and months, University Libraries staff will continue to focus on fulfilling the plan’s objectives. Progress updates will be shared with the university community through various outreach methods. We thank everyone who provided feedback for this important project. Please contact us at if you have questions.


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