Western Libraries has been bringing people and information together as a key partner in the academic enterprise at Western since 1901. It has been our responsibility and is our privilege to cultivate knowledge creation and contribute to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship at Western. In order to continue this important work, the activities we engage in and the capacities we build must continually evolve.
Accordingly, we launched our strategic planning initiative, FLIP: Future Library in Progress, in February 2015. Designed to engage and inspire our key stakeholders – Western’s students, faculty, researchers, and staff, as well as our partners across campus and in the broader London community – we challenged our user community and ourselves to think boldly about the future and to chart a course for Western Libraries that would propel us forward through 2015 and beyond.
With the University’s new Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, to serve as our guide, we reached out and engaged with over 3,000 members of our user community. We listened, learned, and reflected a great deal about our current state and about what the people we support and work alongside need and expect from us. We also challenged some of the perceptions that exist about the nature of our work and our prospective contributions to the University’s core missions of teaching and research. Borne out of these engagements, a new vision for Western Libraries was conceived, along with ambitious strategic directions that will guide us over the next five years to realize our potential and make an even greater difference in the work and lives of the people we serve.