Strategic Planning Process

How students, faculty, researchers and clinicians access, use and share information continues to evolve rapidly — even more so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the library must be able to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges as we plan for the future in a tough budget environment.

In 2021, UC Davis Library developed a new strategic plan to adapt to an evolving landscape by aligning our priorities with new campus leadership and the university’s strategic plan; reflecting our shared values and the university’s Principles of Community with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at its core; advancing the library’s position as a leader in innovation for the digital age; and enhancing our role as a collaborative partner in the research, teaching and academic mission of the university. The resulting plan will guide our priorities and allocation of resources over the five years from 2022 to 2027.

Project Leadership
Steering Committee Members

To invite engagement from all levels within the university, the library consulted with a wide range of library users, including students, faculty, instructors, researchers, clinicians and staff; campus and UC Davis Health leadership; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; library personnel; and other stakeholders. 

Consultations included focus groups, a campuswide survey, briefings, values sessions, ideation sessions, and open office hours. Throughout the process, we consulted closely with the Academic Senate Library Committee.

The planning process included research and consultation; data collection and analysis; planning and writing; and sharing of the plan with our campus community. The timeline for developing the strategic plan encompasses a DEI-focused, four-phase planning process: 

January-February 2021
Phase 1: Establish Planning Process Structure

March-April 2021
Phase 2: Organizational Assessment and Environmental Scan

April-June 2021
Phase 3: Campus Engagement and Strategic Directions

July-December 2021
Phase 4: Written Strategy Framework, Implementation and Communication Plan

The library partnered with DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA) to guide and work with our Strategic Plan Steering Committee in developing an inclusive planning process for engaging the library’s vast array of stakeholders. As our planning partner, DJA helped to ensure that we designed our plan with diversity, equity and inclusion as guiding principles — by including a wide range of voices and perspectives in the planning process and building the library’s internal capacity to address systemic racism and serve our broad and diverse community, at UC Davis and beyond.

The steering committee led the planning process and recommended strategic directions and priorities, working closely with DJA and the library’s leadership team, who are ultimately responsible for the new strategic plan and its execution.

Led by two co-chairs, the 10-member Library Strategic Plan Steering Committee brought diverse perspectives about the UC Davis Library, research libraries in general, and our campus community. Committee members came from different backgrounds and experiences as seasoned library or campus employees or more recent colleagues, coming from multiple library units, and representing various personnel series and classifications. One co-chair was a member of the library’s executive leadership team and the other was part of the library’s internal committee devoted to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, Many Voices, Many Stories.


  • Celina Ivy, Co-Chair, Collections Relocation Lead, Content Support Services
  • Rice Majors, Co-Chair, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources

Committee Members

  • Kristin Burns, Digital Communications Manager, Communications and Marketing
  • Vessela Ensberg, Associate Director, Data Architecture, Online Strategy
  • LeAnn Herigstad, Cataloging Specialist, Content Support Services
  • S.J. Koller, Collection Maintenance Section Supervisor, Content Support Services
  • David Michalski, Researcher Services Librarian, Researcher Services; Chair, LAUC-D
  • Jason Sarmiento, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies Archivist, Archives and Special Collections
  • Amy Studer, Health Sciences Librarian, Blaisdell Medical Library
  • Nancy Wallace, Student Services Librarian, Student Services

Contact the steering committee with questions, ideas and feedback at