Strategic Plan

Engage. Empower. Excel.
Western Libraries' Strategic Plan: 2015-2020

Message from Catherine

Photo of Catherine Steeves, by Adela TalbotI am very pleased to share Western Libraries’ new strategic plan with you. The plan builds upon Western Libraries’ key areas of strength: our people, our dedication to service and to the core mission of the University, as well as our rich and diverse world-class research collections. These are the very strengths that drew me to Western University as Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian one year ago.

I would like to personally thank each member of our community who participated in the development of this plan. Staff, students, faculty, and community partners took advantage of the many engagement activities and opportunities for input to our planning process. Your contributions were thoughtful, provocative, informative and constructive. You made it clear that you have high expectations for Western Libraries and our contribution to student success and research outcomes now and into the future. You see engagement, collaboration, and innovation as critical elements of our continued success.

Together, through the creation of this strategic plan, we have identified core strategies for Western Libraries to accelerate excellence in research, teaching, and scholarship at Western University over the next five years. These strategies embrace the transformations occurring in higher education, research, and scholarly communication which impact our work, and demonstrate our commitment to build and strengthen our existing capacity, and to evolve our services and practices in the digital age. They encourage us to engage in new ways, to empower our community, and to excel where it matters most.

The strategic plan represents our overarching aspirations in the achievement of our mission and vision. It will guide us in the identification of priorities and strategic initiatives and inform Western Libraries’ annual operational planning processes. The plan will be brought to life over the course of the coming five years, adapting to changing circumstances and opportunities that arise.

As we embark on this next phase of Western Libraries’ journey, I encourage you to continue the conversation and to share your ideas about how we can best realize our strategies and achieve our outcomes. As we have done so well in the past, we must continue to work together to forge new ground and to secure a bright and exciting collective future. Please join us as we journey to 2020.

Catherine Steeves' signature
Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian
Western University