Over the past few months, a Strategic Planning Task Force has led a planning process across the DePaul University Libraries to identify strategic goals aligned with the university’s Vision 2018 (V2018) strategic plan. While the V2018 plan for the library is not yet complete, we are able to share a number of initiatives on which we hope to focus in the coming years in support of the strategic goals of the university.
In support of the V2018 goal of enhancing academic quality and supporting educational innovation, for example, the library will design and deliver programs providing support for faculty seeking to include information literacy instruction as part of the implementation of the Undergraduate Learning Goals and Outcomes, and will design and deliver programs promoting the innovative use of primary source materials, print and digital, in undergraduate education programs.
Further, in support of the V2018 goal of deepening the university’s distinctive connection to the global city of Chicago, the library will collaborate with colleagues in the Chicago Collections Consortium to design, deliver, and assess programs aimed at enhancing popular and scholarly use of resources and expertise relevant to the study of the City of Chicago, and will collaborate with colleagues at the Chicago History Museum to promote the use of complementary collections and expertise by students and faculty in the Chicago Quarter.
Finally, in support of the V2018 goal of strengthening our Catholic and Vincentian identity, the library will collaborate with colleagues in the Catholic Research Resources Alliance to design, deliver, and assess programs aimed at enhancing popular and scholarly use of resources and expertise relevant to Catholic and Vincentian studies, and will collaborate with the Catholic Schools Initiative to develop and implement an outreach program to Chicago Catholic schools supporting school library programs, and focused on information literacy instruction as a component of college readiness and lifelong learning.
While this is only an introduction to the full range of strategic goals that library staff have endorsed, it may provide you with an idea of the range of ways in which the DePaul University Libraries may be able to partner with your academic programs to pursue areas of mutual interest in support of Vision 2018.Please look for a complete version of the library’s Vision 2018 strategic plan in the coming months, and please contact Scott Walter, University Librarian. If you would like to learn more about the library’s strategic plan or the ways in which you or your students can benefit from our upcoming programs and initiatives.