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Delivering Success: 2014 - 2017 Strategic Plan

The University of Washington Libraries is an international leader in imagining, creating, and realizing the promise of the 21st century academic research library. Our mission to advance discovery and connect people with knowledge remains constant. We recognize that the unprecedented technological, demographic, and economic challenges facing higher education and academic libraries demand transformational change and new models of service. New tools now available enable us to meet changing scholarly and learning needs and find efficiencies.

Our Strategic Directions are based on assessment of user and institutional needs, a multi-institutional approach to providing world-class collections and services, and investment in staff resources. Collections & Access, Research & Scholarship, Teaching & Learning, and Engagement & Community serve as our four cardinal points as we move ahead.  Organization & Effectiveness – which highlights the importance of developing and investing in staff resources and new ways of working – underlies and enables the other Strategic Directions.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

The UW Libraries advances intellectual discovery and enriches the quality of life by connecting people with knowledge.

Our Vision

The UW Libraries is an international leader in imagining, creating, and realizing the promise of the 21st century academic research library.  As the intellectual and physical commons of our great University, we advance discovery and encourage the growth of knowledge. We anticipate and meet the information needs of our diverse communities, at any time and in any place.  We prepare students for success in life as information smart global citizens.

Our Values

Collaboration / Diversity / Excellence / Innovation / Integrity / Responsiveness