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The strategic plan of Oregon State University Libraries and Press articulates how we
will make essential contributions to Oregon State University’s drive to be a top ten land
grant institution. As OSU advances toward its goal, the University will pursue several
strategic initiatives held in common with its aspirational peers:
enhance the quality of the teaching and learning environment so graduates
can help solve the dynamic issues facing the world today and tomorrow;
increase achievements in research, scholarship, and creative expression; and
pursue global visibility to enhance OSU’S international reputation while
reaching out and engaging with the citizens of the state and beyond.
The agility, resourcefulness, and pioneering spirit of the OSU Libraries and Press have
prepared us to be an integral part of the University’s achievement of these initiatives.
We expect to build upon our past achievements--bold successes at migrating library
resources aggressively to electronic formats, establishing ourselves as the principal
content provider for OSU faculty and students, and leading our peers in the pursuit of
digital library initiatives. The OSU Valley Library is already recognized as a major
destination for the OSU Corvallis community, especially undergraduate students.
We have been a strong partner in moving the University’s teaching mission forward
while we pursued innovative directions in our own instruction program. Our digital
publishing and curation activities have expanded access to the University’s intellectual
output, Oregon’s multicultural history, and unique resources in the history of science.
The Libraries and Press have created and promoted scholarship about the history,
culture, and natural resources of the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
While OSU Libraries and Press have been bold, this strategic plan calls upon us to be
bolder. This five-year plan establishes four broad goals for the Libraries and Press to
undertake in our support of the University’s strategic goals. Achieving these four goals
will position OSU Libraries and Press as a model for other research libraries and presses
to emulate:
We will heighten the learning experience of OSU students through the
transformation of our physical and virtual spaces. To accomplish this
transformation we will integrate and promote our content in the environments
where users work, interact, and seek leisure.
We will establish ourselves as a unique contributor to the academic success of
OSU students. The creative and purposeful design of the Libraries’ own teaching
and engagement program and the pursuit of focused research by OSU library
faculty will highlight our expertise in topics such as information literacy,
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