Strategic Planning Process
The UC Davis Library is developing a new strategic plan to guide our priorities and allocation of resources over the next five years. Updating the strategic plan now will enable the library to adapt to an evolving landscape — 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.
How students, faculty, researchers and clinicians access, use and share information continues to evolve rapidly — even more so in the wake of the 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.
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. We will share a draft plan with the campus community for comment.
The planning process includes 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:
Phase 1: Establish Planning Process Structure
Phase 2: Organizational Assessment and Environmental Scan
Phase 3: Campus Engagement and Strategic Directions
Phase 4: Written Strategy Framework, Implementation and Communication Plan
The library has partnered with DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA) to guide and work with our Strategic Plan Steering Committee as it develops an inclusive planning process for engaging the library’s vast array of stakeholders. As our planning partner, DJA will help ensure that we design 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 will lead the planning process and recommend 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 brings diverse perspectives about the UC Davis Library, research libraries in general, and our campus community. Committee members come from different backgrounds and experiences; are seasoned library or campus employees or more recent colleagues; come from multiple library units; and represent various personnel series and classifications. One co-chair is a member of the library’s executive leadership team and the other is 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
- 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
The steering committee welcomes your questions, ideas and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.