Strategic Plan

Message from Catherine

Photo of Catherine SteevesI am delighted to share Western Libraries 2022-2028 Strategic Plan with the community. Many hands and many minds have contributed to its creation. Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey and stakeholder consultations, and to the Strategic Planning Committee and Project Management Team for your leadership and contribution to these aspirations and strategic directions.

Towards Western at 150 sets forward an inspiring vision of greater impact and growth for the University and positions Western Libraries as foundational for all of Western’s research, scholarship and creative activities. Western Libraries is an active agent – a partner in scholarship and research – and a catalyst for learning and knowledge creation.

This plan demonstrates our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and underscores just how integral building and fostering relationships is to all that we do. Collaborative effort in the decolonization and Indigenization of Western Libraries’ services and collections continues apace and will be an area of focussed activity for some time to come. We are dedicated to creating accessible services and to creating a safe and welcoming environment where all feel that they belong.

These values infused the dialogue with students, faculty, campus and community partners and library staff and set an intention that is woven throughout the plan.

As we work together and engage as a community to advance student success, enrich the student experience, and stimulate research and creativity, Western Libraries will continue the dialogue and welcome a diversity of perspectives and ideas about how we may best realize these strategies and desired outcomes.

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Catherine Steeves
Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian