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The development of the OSU Libraries and Press Strategic Plan comes at a time of
extraordinary transformation for academic libraries and university presses. We face
fundamental changes in higher education, information technology, student and faculty
demographics, and scholarly communication. Evolving approaches to teaching and
learning are reshaping the way we approach the design of space in our facilities. These
approaches require—and students expect—the ability to explore, examine, and study
collaboratively. We are in the midst of a revolution that is altering how information can
be accessed and linked together.
Researchers are looking to OSU Libraries and Press to take the lead in moving the
campus forward into a new world of open science, open data, and open publications.
Innovative course delivery options, Open Access publishing, new consumer technology
products, availability of content outside traditional library boundaries, and data
management mandates by grant funding agencies also demand shifts in the way
libraries, presses, and universities function.
For those reasons, the OSU Libraries and Press Strategic Plan establishes an ambitious
pace over the next five years. At the core, we remain committed to flexibility,
innovation, and resourcefulness. In addition, we will measure the quality of our
programs and services focusing on our impact on student learning and engagement,
and faculty productivity. We envision being at the center of intellectual engagement
and scholarship at OSU, while helping the University achieve its goal of becoming a top
ten land grant institution.
Always a forward-thinking organization, OSU Libraries and Press will shape our future
around our strengths and values. We will embrace our reputation for experimentation,
build upon our essential services and programs, and maintain a strong user-centered
orientation. Our plan recognizes the engine of our success: our world-class faculty and
staff, and the significant role they will play in shaping our future.
In focus groups and conversations, our campus and community stakeholders told us
that they recognize and appreciate our core successes:
acquiring, organizing, and preserving library resources that support research
and instruction;
teaching students to find as well as evaluate information;
contributing to the development of new knowledge, especially knowledge
focused on the Pacific Northwest; and
developing programs and services that impact not only the campus, but also
the state of Oregon and beyond.
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